Israelis and Palestinians; Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop? Third Edition

Edition: 3rd
Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 2008-05-28
Publisher(s): Yale University Press
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Israelis and Palestiniansoffersa startlingly new interpretation of the historical and contemporary realities of the conflict in the Middle East. Bernard Wasserstein challenges the conventional view of the struggle as driven primarily by irrational ethnic and religious hatreds. Instead he focuses on largely neglected forcesincluding population, fertility rates, labor, and environmental pressuresthat have shaped politics in the region over the last century, and which will inevitably determine its future. Wasserstein argues that Israelis and Palestinians live today in "Siamese twin societies"; however much they may wish to, neither side can escape the impinging presence and influence of the other. Demographic, economic, and social imperatives are driving Israelis and Palestinians toward mutual accommodation. At a time of diplomatic impasse and escalating bloodshed, Wasserstein offers a realistic and persuasive basis for optimism.

Author Biography

Bernard Wasserstein is Harriet and Ulrich E. Meyer Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition
List of Figures
List of Maps
Peoplep. 5
Societyp. 31
Environmentp. 73
Territoryp. 99
Dynamics of Political Changep. 139
Chronologyp. 179
Notesp. 195
Select Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 219
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