The Israel-Palestine Conflict

Parallel Discourses

Edited by Elizabeth Matthews

© 2011 – Routledge

276 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is considered intractable by many, and is frequently characterised by the violence between the two sides. In attempts at peace, the starting point for negotiations is a cessation of violence; beneath this, however, lies a plethora of other issues to be addressed.

This unique text brings together Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints on a number of key issues and topics, making clear the points of agreement as well as the views that divide. The chapters deal first with three issues that require compromise and resolution for a peace treaty to be realized - water, refugees, and borders, territory and settlements – and then with three important concepts that can either impede or promote peace: democracy, human rights, and peace culture and education. Thus, the book provides an invaluable opportunity to understand, at least in part, the divergent and even convergent interests and understandings of Israelis and Palestinians on issues and concepts important to the peace process. As such, it will be a valuable resource for courses on conflict resolution, the Middle East peace process, and political science.


"Parallel Discourses is a good reader for an understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict. The chapters on the key issues of the conflict are comprehensive and contain the perspectives of both the Israelis and the Palestinians." - Khinvraj Jangid, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Journal of International and Global Studies

Table of Contents

Introduction Elizabeth G. Matthews Part I: Issues 1. Refugees i. Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Issue Joel Peters ii. Palestinian Refugees Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi 2. Borders, Territory, and Settlements iii. From Bilateralism to Unilateralism: The Changing Territorial Discourses of Israeli–Palestine Conflict Resolution David Newman iv. A Palestinian Perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Settlements, Territory and Borders Jad Isaac 3. Water v. Are the Conflicts Over the Shared Water Resources Between Israelis and Palestinians an Obstacle to Peace? Hillel Shuval vi. Palestine Water: Between Challenges and Realities Amjad Aliewi, Enda O’Connell and Nancy Rumman Part II: Concepts 4. Democratization and the Domestic Political Environment vii. The Effects of Conflict: National Security, UNSC Resolution 1325, and Women in Israel Galia Golan viii. Democratization in Palestine: From Civil Society Democracy to a Transitional Democracy Walid Salem 5. Human Rights ix. Merging the Human Rights Dimension into Peace-Making: Is It Good for the Jews?Edward Kaufman x. Fatah and Hamas Human Rights Violations in the Palestinian Occupied Territories from April 2006 to December 2007 Bassem Eid 6. Peace Culture and Education xi. Challenges for Constructing Peace Culture and Peace Education Dani Bar Tal xii. Culture of Peace and Education: The Palestinian Context Salem Aweiss

About the Editor

Elizabeth G. Matthews is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University San Marcos, USA. She has written a number of books and articles on world politics and US foreign policy, and is co-editor of the Routledge UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series.

David Newman is professor of Political Geography in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, and co-editor of the International Journal of Geopolitics. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University. His research focuses on Geopolitics, Borders and the territorial dimensions of ethnic and national conflict and he has written extensively on topics relating to territory and borders in Israel-Palestine.

Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi holds two doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and the University of Texas at Austin. He is the founding director of the American Studies Center at al-Quds University, the Wasatia Movement – Palestine, and the Jerusalem Studies and Research Institute, and is the author of numerous books and academic articles in English and Arabic.

About the Series

UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series

The UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series on Middle East security and cooperation features new and original scholarship on many of the most critical issues facing the region. Each book presents a variety of perspectives on a specific topic, such as democracy in the Middle East, dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian relations, Gulf security, and the gender factor in the Middle East. Aside from covering the key issues facing the region, the series also features a number of sub-themes under a single heading, covering security, social, political, and economic factors affecting the Middle East. All books feature a multinational collection of authors who, for political reasons, do not always publish in the same volume or collection, so no matter what the issue, specialists from within and beyond the region offer a broad range of different viewpoints.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies