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Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

1st Edition

Edited by Joel Peters, David Newman


480 pages

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most prominent issues in world politics today. Few other issues have dominated the world’s headlines and have attracted such attention from policy makers, the academic community, political analysts, and the world’s media.

The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict offers a comprehensive and accessible overview of the most contentious and protracted political issue in the Middle East. Bringing together a range of top experts from Israel, Palestine, Europe and North America the Handbook tackles a range of topics including:

  • The historical background to the conflict
  • peace efforts
  • domestic politics
  • critical issues such as displacement, Jerusalem and settler movements
  • the role of outside players such as the Arab states, the US and the EU

This Handbook provides the reader with an understanding of the complexity of the issues that need to be addressed in order to resolve the conflict, and a detailed examination of the varied interests of the actors involved. In-depth analysis of the conflict is supplemented by a chronology of the conflict, key documents and a range of maps.

The contributors are all leading authorities in their field and have published extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict/peace process. Many have played a leading role in various Track II initiatives accompanying the peace process.


'For a quick and authoritative grounding on Israeli demography, or Israeli theater, or the refugee issue, or Hamas, or any of sixty other aspects of Israel or the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, [this is] the reference work of choice. There is nothing else quite like it… a valuable reference work that should be in the library of all academics in the field, or, in fact, anyone with more than a passing interest in Israel or the Israeli–Palestinian conflict… Perfect for that “quick fix,” especially for particular issues that will not go away any time soon.' - Alan Dowty, University of Notre Dame; The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 2013.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Competing Nationalisms 1. The Origins of Zionism Colin Schindler 2. The Palestinian National Movement: from self-rule to statehood Ahmad Samih Khalidi Part 2:Narratives and Key Moments 3. Competing Israeli and Palestinan Narratives Paul Scham 4. The 1948 War: The Battle over History Kirsten E. Schulze 5. The First and Second Palestinian Intifadas Rami Nasrallah 6. The Camp David Summit: a Tale of Two Narratives Joel PetersPart 3: Seeking Peace 7.The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: 1967-1993Laura Zittrain Eisenberg 8. Peace Plans: 1993-2012 Galia Golan Part 4: Issues 9.Palestinian Refugees Rex Brynen 10. Jerusalem Michael Dumper 11. Territory and Borders David Newman 12. Water Julie Trottier 13. Terrorism Magnus Norell 14. Religion Yehezkel Landau 15. Economics Arie Arnon 16. Unilaterlaism and Separation Gerald M. Steinberg 17. Gaza Joel Peters Part 5: Domestic Actors 18.The Palestine Liberation Organization Nigel Parsons 19. The Palestinian Authority Nigel Parsons 20. Hamas Khaled Hroub 21. Palestinian Civil Society Michael Schulz 22. Gush Emunim and the Israeli Settler Movement David Newman 23. The Israeli Peace Movements Naomi Chazan Part 6: International Engagement 24. Palestinian Citizens of Israel Amal Jamal 25. The United States: 1948- 1993 Steven L. Spiegel 26. The United States: 1993-2010 Steven L. Spiegel 27. Russia Robert O. Freedman 28. Europe Rosemary Hollis 29. The Arab World P. R. Kumaraswamy 30. The Jewish Diaspora and the Pro-Israel Lobby Dov Waxman Chronology Steve Lutes

About the Editors

Joel Peters is Professor of Government and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. His research interests cover Israeli security and foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian process. He is the co-author (with Sharon Pardo) of Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union.

David Newman is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben Gurion University in Israel. Originally a geographer, Newman founded the Department of Politics and Government at that University. He is chief editor of the peer reviewed journal, Geopolitics. His work focuses on territorial dimensions of ethnic conflict with a particular focus on the contemporary significance and functions of borders.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
HISTORY / Middle East / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies