Politics and Violence in Israel/Palestine
Democracy versus Military Rule
Routledge – 2010 – 258 pages
The Israeli regime is a paradox. Considered a democracy, it has no recognized borders and controls the majority of Palestinians by military rule, while the resistance of non-citizen Palestinians exerts major influence over politics and policies.
Drawing on detailed academic research and a broad knowledge of Israeli politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this book narrates and analyzes the political developments of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the conflict with Hezbollah and Hamas, explaining the dangers to future negotiations and how hopes for a settlement have been dashed by the ongoing violence. The author explores the internal Israel and Palestinian politics, showing how they influence the conflict and explaining the central role of military organizations in shaping the relations towards the other nation. With particular relevance to current events, he analyzes the Unilateral Disengagement from Gaza and the second Lebanon War, which account for the deterioration into the present violence and political crisis, explaining the need for international mediation in order to reach a peace agreement and suggesting a new innovative model for future Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Reviews can be found here:
International Journals of Middle East Studies: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8254516
Tikkun Magazine: http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/may2010yiftachel
The American Prospect: http://prospect.org/article/imagined-israel-0
1. Introduction. Part 1: Theoretical and Historical Background 2. The Dynamics of Political Space 3. Historical Background: The Israeli-Palestinian Imbroglio and the Road to Oslo Part 2: Peace Negotiations: Between Democratization and Decolonization 4. Peace without Borders? The 'Tactical Failure' of Oslo 5. From Gaza to Beit Lid: The Strategic Trap 6. Rabin’s Assassination: The Fall of a Charismatic Movement Part 3: The Imagined Peace: The Illusion and its Shattering 1996-2000 7. Redesigning Israeli Political Space: The Rise of Post-Conflict Agendas 8. Abandoning Oslo and Reviving National Unity Part 4: The Military Occupation of Politics 9. Repressing Intifada II: Attoning for Leaving Lebanon 10. The Unilateral Strategy: Separation Walls, Disengagement, Elections and War 11. No Paradise Now
Lev Luis Grinberg is Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University, Israel. A political economist and sociologist, he is the founder of the Conscience Objectors movement Yesh Gvul and an advisor of Histadrut Union reforms.