Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Issue
The Formulation of Policy, 1948-1956
By Jacob Tovy
To Be Published January 1st 2014 by Routledge – 288 pages
This book recounts the narrative of how Israeli policy towards the Palestinian refugee problem was formulated from the time it first developed at the beginning of 1948, following the first Arab-Israeli war ("Israel's War of Independence"), until the mid-1950s, when that policy's basic principles were shaped in their final format and concluded. This volume outlines and analyzes the various issues, which together created the mosaic of the "Palestinian refugee problem", and with which Israel has had to contend since then, i.e., repatriation, resettlement, compensation for abandoned property and blocked bank accounts, the internally displaced refugees and family reunification.
Preface Introduction 1 Israel’s Policy Towards the Emerging Refugee Problem 2 The Lausanne Conference and the Refugee Problem 3 Shifting Emphasis for Solving the Refugee Problem from a Political Approach to an Economic One 4 The Refugee Problem and Abdallah’s Jordan 5 An Exchange Transaction 6 Israel and the Compensation Issue Prior to the Paris Conference and during its Proceedings 7 The Resettlement Question Following the Failure of the Paris Conference 8 Entrenchment of a Position 9 Operation Alpha 10 Three Secondary Aspects of the Refugee Problem Where progress has been Achieved. Conclusion
Jacob Tovy is Research Fellow at the Herzl Institute for research and Studies on Zionism, University of Haifa