The Second Partition of Palestine
Hamas–Fatah Struggle for Power
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This book examines the factors and issues responsible for the intra-Palestinian conflict that has undermined the strength and vitality of the struggle for liberation against the state of Israel. It explores how the ideological incompatibility and competition for political primacy account for the Hamas–Fatah conflict, entailing the risk of partition of Palestine even before it takes shape as an independent, sovereign entity. It analyzes the developments since the signing of the September 1993 Oslo Accord, and discusses themes such as the background of Palestinian politics; the role of Fatah; the rise of Hamas as Fatah’s political rival; the Hamas–Fatah struggle for power and the role played by the international community, including by the US and European Union. The study deals with the various facets of territorial and political challenges faced by the rival Palestinian factions; the failure of the reconciliation efforts by Egypt and Yemen; the stalled peace process in West Bank and Gaza Strip; the emergence of the Islamic resistance movement and secular nationalist party; and the political and ideological shifts in Palestinian politics.
Comprehensive and topical, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of West Asian studies; peace and conflict studies; politics and international relations; foreign policy, political studies; area studies and strategic and defence studies.
Table of Contents
1. Fatah in Palestinian Politics
2. The Rise of Hamas as Fatah’s Political Rival
3. Ideological Roots of the Hamas–Fatah Conflict
4. Hamas–Fatah: The Struggle for Power
5. The Second Partition of Palestine
6. Political Landscape of Palestine: The Aftermath of Arab Spring
Subhash Singh is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for West Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Funded by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, he is currently working on a project on “The Resetting of India’s National Security and the Role of Indo-Israel Relations, 1998-2014”. In 2014, he completed his PhD on “Hamas and Fatah: Struggle for Power in Palestinian Politics, 1988–2010”, and his MPhil on “Hamas in Palestinian Politics, 1996–2006” in 2010. His research interests include Palestinian politics, Arab–Israel conflict, international relations, India’s foreign policy, and the Indian political system. He has received several fellowships from the University Grants Commission and the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. He has also contributed several research papers in journals and edited volumes on a variety of issues and has published two edited volumes.