The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is one of the longest unresolved conflicts of modern times. It has brought about the early and violent deaths of tens of thousands of people, and blighted the lives of millions more. It is symbiotically linked to the wider crises that continue to engulf the wider region.
The purpose of this volume is to elucidate both the nature of the conflict, but perhaps more importantly to make some tentative proposals with regard to how the conflict may eventually be peacefully concluded. The contributors offer their prognosis in light of the fact that both Israeli and Palestinian society is becoming increasingly polarised and prey to fanatics who argue that the conflict will and should be solved by the complete destruction of one side by the other. In short, this volume seeks to provide rational counter-arguments to fundamentalist bile that questions the fundamental humanity of the opposing side.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Ethnopolitics.
1. Introduction Karl Cordell and Stefan Wolff
2. Power-Sharing and Partition amid Israel–Palestine Brendan O’Leary
3. Divorce Without Separation? Reimagining the Two-State Solution Omar M. Dajani
4. A Common State in Israel–Palestine: Historical Origins and Lingering Challenges Leila Farsakh
5. Self-Determination and Power-Sharing in Israel/Palestine Omar Dahbour
6. Escaping the Two-State Cul-de-Sac: The ‘Regional’, the International, and a New Environment for Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations Scott Lucas
7. Mirage or Vision: Binationalism in Theory and Practice Uriel Abulof
8. Israel–Palestine: One State or Two: Why a Two-State Solution is Desirable, Necessary, and Feasible Benjamin Miller
9. For the Long-Run: Avoiding the Temptations of the Status Quo, Rancour, and Self-Pity Brendan O’Leary