Many observers have portrayed the Oslo Process as a milestone in the peacemaking process between Palestinians and Israelis. In this controversial and groundbreaking new work, McMahon challenges the interpretation of the Oslo Process as a breakthrough or new beginning in Palestinian-Israeli relations. He argues that the Oslo Process affected no discursive or non-discursive change and that the Oslo Process in fact institutionalized the analytics practices involved in Israeli and Palestinian relations. It should, McMahon concludes, be no surprise that the process ended with direct Palestinian-Israeli violence. This book will be crucial reading for scholars of Israeli and Palestinian relations as well as anyone who is interested in understanding what discursive change must occur for peace between Israel and Palestinians to be established and sustained.
Introduction 1. Excavating the Oslo Process 2. Reading the Oslo Process 3. Pre-1993 Systematic Silences 4. Pre-1993 Rules of Formation 5. Post-1993 Systematic Silences 6. Post-1993 Rules of Formation 7. Persistent Israeli Practices 8. Conclusion