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Israelis and Palestinians : Why do they fight? Can they stop?
Wasserstein, Bernard.
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, [2003]

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x, 226 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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Analyzes the various dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and examines the myths and misrepresentations held by both sides that prevent the objective conditions necessary for a negotiated settlement.

Author Notes

Bernard Wasserstein is professor of history at the University of Glasgow. The president of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

As of this fall a professor of history at the University of Chicago, Wasserstein (Divided Jerusalem: The Struggle for the Holy City) finds that, despite reports to the contrary, "neither Jews nor Arabs, in their collective behaviour, are animated by crazed psychopathy. They fight over definable interests, motivated by comprehensible value-systems, in pursuit of identifiable goals." Both, Wasserstein argues, are focused on "population, land, work, security, and dignity," and the bulk of the book is devoted to clearly and substantively laying out the specifics. And with good reason, since each nationalism "is now near the end of its tether." BOMC, History Book Club, Military Book Club selections. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

This short book is a powerful and fairly objective discussion of the factors that create conflict among Israelis and Palestinians and yet pull them together within the same territory. Wasserstein (history, Univ. of Chicago) hopes that this kind of multidimensional analysis will enable both sides to understand why and how they need to move to a peaceful solution. He describes the impact of population shifts, the rise of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, and how this played out in the social organization within the geographic environment. He notes the colonial impact on selected issues, particularly provision of potable water, which drive some of the demands of both sides. Four thorny problems remain: borders, settlements, refugees, and Jerusalem. He concludes that the forces he discusses must eventually bring Israelis and Palestinians to terms if civilized human existence is to survive in the common homeland. This book deals with gut issues, not political details, and merits the attention of those interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers and upper-division undergraduates and above. J. D. Stempel University of Kentucky

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Mapsp. x
Introductionp. 1
1 Peoplep. 5
2 Societyp. 31
3 Environmentp. 73
4 Territoryp. 99
5 Dynamics of Political Changep. 139
Acknowledgementsp. 177
Chronologyp. 179
Notesp. 193
Select Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 217