Seminar: Newman, Deterritorializing the Two State Solution (U Manchester, Feb 11, 2015)



Research Seminar:

Wed 11 February

‘Rethinking Borders: Deterritorializing the Two State Solution’

DATE AND VENUE: 4pm Wed 11 February in A7, Samuel Alexander Building. (Building 67 on the campus map, see directions).

DNewmanSPEAKER: Professor David Newman: Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and University Chair in geopolitics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Following a career in geography, Newman founded the Department of Politics and Government in 1998, and the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society in 2001. From 1998-2014 Newman was the chief editor of the International Journal of Geopolitics. His degrees are form the UK (University of London and Durham). Newman also writes a weekly political commentary column in the Jerusalem Post.

ABSTRACT: The Two State solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict necessitates the demarcation of borders which will separate the respective territories and sovereignties of both States. Given the increasing complexity of drawing a border in recent years, we examine alternative territorial configurations of a Two State solution involving cross citizenship, exclaves and flexible notions of borders.

This event is part of the Centre’s Israel Studies research seminar programme for 2015.


New Article: Wilson, Makovsky’s Border Proposal and Palestinian Needs

Wilson, Andrew M. “An Analysis of Makovsky’s Border Proposal in Light of Palestinian Needs.” Digest of Middle East Studies 23.2 (2014): 215-34.





The border proposal of David Makovsky, who, served as an advisor to Martin Indyk during the recent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, is analyzed from the standpoint of viable contiguity — the degree to which the border, particularly where there is Israeli annexation of settlement blocs, offers provision for access, living space, and transportation infrastructure for the Palestinian population in adjacent areas. While at some locales his proposed border improves contiguity for Palestinians compared with the current situation unilaterally imposed by Israel, more attention needs to be given to the ways it would adversely affect the quality of life of the Palestinian population in the cities and villages adjacent to those settlement blocs. This leads to the suggestion that a more comprehensive solution to border issues will feature the establishment of joint economic zones and binational administrative authorities, which can manage the entanglement of roads and populations in ways that will maximize the potential for economic development.

New Book: Peters and Newman, eds. The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Peters, Joel and David Newman, eds. The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. London and New York: Routledge, 2013.





The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most prominent issues in world politics today. Few other issues have dominated the world’s headlines and have attracted such attention from policy makers, the academic community, political analysts, and the world’s media.

The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict offers a comprehensive and accessible overview of the most contentious and protracted political issue in the Middle East. Bringing together a range of top experts from Israel, Palestine, Europe and North America the Handbook tackles a range of topics including:

  • The historical background to the conflict
  • peace efforts
  • domestic politics
  • critical issues such as displacement, Jerusalem and settler movements
  • the role of outside players such as the Arab states, the US and the EU

This Handbook provides the reader with an understanding of the complexity of the issues that need to be addressed in order to resolve the conflict, and a detailed examination of the varied interests of the actors involved. In-depth analysis of the conflict is supplemented by a chronology of the conflict, key documents and a range of maps.

The contributors are all leading authorities in their field and have published extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict/peace process. Many have played a leading role in various Track II initiatives accompanying the peace process.


Table of Contents

Part 1: Competing Nationalisms

1. The Origins of Zionism Colin Schindler

2. The Palestinian National Movement: from self-rule to statehood Ahmad Samih Khalidi

Part 2:Narratives and Key Moments

3. Competing Israeli and Palestinan Narratives Paul Scham

4. The 1948 War: The Battle over History Kirsten E. Schulze

5. The First and Second Palestinian Intifadas Rami Nasrallah

6. The Camp David Summit: a Tale of Two Narratives Joel Peters


Part 3: Seeking Peace

7.The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: 1967-1993 Laura Zittrain Eisenberg

8. Peace Plans: 1993-2012 Galia Golan

Part 4: Issues

9.Palestinian Refugees Rex Brynen

10. Jerusalem Michael Dumper

11. Territory and Borders David Newman

12. Water Julie Trottier

13. Terrorism Magnus Norell

14. Religion Yehezkel Landau

15. Economics Arie Arnon

16. Unilaterlaism and Separation Gerald M. Steinberg

17. Gaza Joel Peters

Part 5: Domestic Actors

18.The Palestine Liberation Organization Nigel Parsons

19. The Palestinian Authority Nigel Parsons

20. Hamas Khaled Hroub

21. Palestinian Civil Society Michael Schulz

22. Gush Emunim and the Israeli Settler Movement David Newman

23. The Israeli Peace Movements Naomi Chazan

Part 6: International Engagement

24. Palestinian Citizens of Israel Amal Jamal

25. The United States: 1948- 1993 Steven L. Spiegel

26. The United States: 1993-2010 Steven L. Spiegel

27. Russia Robert O. Freedman

28. Europe Rosemary Hollis

29. The Arab World P. R. Kumaraswamy

30. The Jewish Diaspora and the Pro-Israel Lobby Dov Waxman

Chronology Steve Lutes

New Article: Ben-Meir, Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: The US Framework for Peace Must Be Enforced

Ben-Meir, Alon. “The Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: The US Framework for Peace Must Be Enforced.” Mediterranean Quarterly 25.3 (2014): 40-51.






There are many who doubt that the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will lead to a solution, in spite of US secretary of state John Kerry’s efforts and the presumed commitment to peace of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. What has characterized the intractability of the conflict in the past, including the future of Jerusalem, the Palestinian refugees, Israel’s national security concerns, and, in particular, the psychological dimension behind these conflicting issues, still remain in play. That intractability has been further aggravated by a faulty framework for the 2014 negotiations, the absence of leadership, the continued public recrimination of each side toward the other, mutual distrust, and the lack of commitment to reach an agreement that of necessity requires mutually painful concessions. This essay proposes a number of mechanisms and corrective measures that could appreciably enhance the prospect of reaching a peace agreement. Undergirding these proposals is the need for the United States to put its foot down and warn both the Israelis and Palestinians that, unless they negotiate in earnest based on Kerry’s proposed framework, there will be serious consequences resulting from a reassessment of its bilateral relations with both parties.


New Book: LeVine and Mossberg, eds. One Land, Two States

LeVine, Mark and Mathias Mossberg, eds. One Land, Two States. Israel and Palestine as Parallel States. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.





One Land, Two States imagines a new vision for Israel and Palestine in a situation where the peace process has failed to deliver an end of conflict. “If the land cannot be shared by geographical division, and if a one-state solution remains unacceptable,” the book asks, “can the land be shared in some other way?”

Leading Palestinian and Israeli experts along with international diplomats and scholars answer this timely question by examining a scenario with two parallel state structures, both covering the whole territory between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, allowing for shared rather than competing claims of sovereignty. Such a political architecture would radically transform the nature and stakes of the Israel-Palestine conflict, open up for Israelis to remain in the West Bank and maintain their security position, enable Palestinians to settle in all of historic Palestine, and transform Jerusalem into a capital for both of full equality and independence—all without disturbing the demographic balance of each state. Exploring themes of security, resistance, diaspora, globalism, and religion, as well as forms of political and economic power that are not dependent on claims of exclusive territorial sovereignty, this pioneering book offers new ideas for the resolution of conflicts worldwide.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword: Two States on One Land—Parallel States as an Option for Israel and Palestine
Álvaro de Soto

Mathias Mossberg and Mark LeVine

1. One Land—Two States? An Introduction to the Parallel States Concept
Mathias Mossberg

2. Can Sovereignty Be Divided?
Jens Bartelson

3. Parallel Sovereignty: Dividing and Sharing Core State Functions
Peter Wallensteen

4. Security Strategy for the Parallel States Project: An Israeli Perspective
Nimrod Hurvitz and Dror Zeevi

5. Palestinian National Security
Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi

6. An Israel-Palestine Parallel States Economy by 235
Raja Khalidi

7. Economic Considerations in Implementing a Parallel States Structure
Raphael Bar-El

8. Parallel Sovereignty in Practice: Judicial Dimensions of a Parallel States Structure
Various authors, compiled by Mathias Mossberg

9. Religion in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: From Obstacle to Peace to Force for Reconciliation?
Mark LeVine and Liam O’Mara IV

10. The Necessity for Thinking outside the Box
Hiba Husseini

11. Parallel Lives, Parallel States: Imagining a Different Future
Eyal Megged



ToC: Journal of Palestine Studies 43.3 (2014)

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University of California Press is happy to notify you that the new issue of Journal of Palestine Studies is now available. The online issues of this journal are hosted on JSTOR on behalf of University of California Press.
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Table of Contents
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Rashid I. Khalidi
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A Tribute to Eyad al-Sarraj
Sara Roy
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 6-8.


Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Teaching History in Mandate Palestine
Elizabeth Brownson
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 9-25.


French Intellectuals and the Palestine Question
Farouk Mardam-Bey
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 26-39.


Chronicles of a Death Foretold
Rashid I. Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 40-42.

Behind Israel’s Demand for Recognition as a Jewish State
Diana Buttu
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 42-45.

The Debate about Kerry’s Economic Initiative: Pitfalls, Benefits, and Risks
Raja Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 45-49.

Implications of the Kerry Framework: The Jordan Valley
Samia Al-Botmeh
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 49-51.

It’s Not Over until It’s Over
Mouin Rabbani
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 51-55.


Academic Boycott of Israel: The American Studies Association Endorsement and Backlash
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 56-71.


Recent Book: The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge
The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge by by Ilan Pappé
Review by: Gilbert Achcar
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 72-74.

Recent Book: Communism and Zionism in Palestine during the British Mandate
Communism and Zionism in Palestine During the British Mandate by by Jacob Hen-Tov; Isaiah Friedman
Review by: Shira Robinson
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 74-75.

Recent Book: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by by Max Blumenthal
Review by: Steven Salaita
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 76-77.

Recent Book: Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture and the Youth Movement
Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture and the Youth Movement by by Sunaina Maira
Review by: Loubna Qutami
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 77-80.

Recent Book: Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948
Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948 by by Jacob Norris
Review by: Max Ajl
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 80-81.

Recent Book: Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics
Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics by by Amahl Bishara
Review by: Mike Berry
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 82-83.

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Ben White
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 118-139.

Paul Karolyi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 140-185.

Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 186-208.

New Article: Azarov, Perils and Prospects of the Palestinian UN Bid

Azarov, Valentina. “An International Legal Demarche for Human Rights? Perils and Prospects of the Palestinian UN Bid.” International Journal of Human Rights 18.4-5 (2014): 527-44.





The Palestinian UN bid has the potential to enhance Palestinian claims for respect of human rights and international law and mobilise international opposition to Israel’s unlawful conduct. Participation in international organisations and ratification of treaties fortify Palestine’s legal and political status within the international legal order, enabling it to call for the non-recognition by third states of unlawful Israeli conduct in the context of their inter-state relations with Israel. The UN bid also facilitates access to international courts, including the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court, which may deter Israel’s unlawful conduct and contribute to the production of normative assessments of situations under Palestinian jurisdiction.

New Article: Ferrero, A 2 + 1 Solution for Israel-Palestine

Ferrero, Christopher J. “Sidelining the Hardliners: A 2 + 1 Solution for Israel-Palestine.” Domes 23.1 (2014): 128-55.





This article presents a modified two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A “2 + 1 solution” would see the establishment of a State of Palestine in the West Bank whose constitution proscribes the participation in government of any party whose platform calls for the elimination of Israel; Gaza would accede upon the reform or demise of Hamas. Achieving a state in the West Bank should be the proximate, urgent goal of the Palestinian people. Ideologically motivated Israeli settlement of the West Bank continues apace and threatens the viability of a two-state solution. Meanwhile, religiously motivated policies of colonization hide behind a security narrative conflating Hamas with Fatah and suggesting that the Palestinians pose an existential threat. The 2 + 1 solution, by excluding Hamas from a State of Palestine, directly addresses Israel’s legitimate security concerns and thus carries the potential to lay bare the extent to which ideology informs Israeli policy. The approach also gives moderate Palestinians the opportunity to define the civic values and attributes of Palestinian national identity in a way that supports a lasting two-state peace.

New Article: Newman, Jewish and Unionist Attitudes Toward Compromise in Israel and Northern Ireland

Newman, Saul. “Faith and Fear: Explaining Jewish and Unionist Attitudes Toward Compromise in Israel and Northern Ireland.” Peace & Change 39.2 (2014): 153-189.





This study analyzes two case studies: the Unionist–Republican conflict and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. These disputes are comparable in that peace accords depend on majorities ceding rights to subordinate nationalist groups. However, dominant nationalist groups in the two cases have behaved differently. Unionists have proven more willing to make the necessary political concessions for peace. Testing hypotheses derived from theories of negotiation, trust, opportunity, positive and negative contact and covenants, the findings suggest these variations may be partially explained by the level of trust in subordinate nationalists, perceived threats to dominant labor, and the level of religiosity among dominant nationalists. Trust is a function of both the cessation of violence and a commitment to not engage in future violence. The impact of compromise on dominant labor played a greater role in Northern Ireland than in Israel. Religiosity also serves as a major obstacle toward concessions. Secularization plays a crucial role in opening dominant nationalists to compromise.

New Article: Abulof, The Zionist ‘Iron Wall’ and the ‘Arab Question’

Abulof, Uriel. “National Ethics in Ethnic Conflicts: The Zionist ‘Iron Wall’ and the ‘Arab Question’.” Ethnic and Racial Studies (online first).





Ethnic conflicts often involve a delegitimation of the rival ethnic community and its national aspirations. This, I suggest, can impel the community in question to legitimate its politics through ethical principles, which in turn may affect its policies. An abiding non-recognition of the ethnonational movement from within and without may engender ethical transformation and policy reorientation. Empirically, I trace the emergence, evolvement and possible effects of the Zionist ‘Iron Wall’ ethics. The original concept comprised the horizon of Arab recognition and peace, the strategy of containment, and the moral pillars of reciprocal self-determination and the lesser injustice. Iron Wall ethics, while constantly challenged, predominated much of Zionism’s history, culminating in the 1990s peace process. However, in the wake of the Second Palestinian Intifada, a prevailing assertion that the Arabs would never accept Israel’s right to exist has undermined the Iron Wall’s original ideals, rewriting its strategic prescription.


New Article: “Symposium: Two States or One? The Future of Israelis and Palestinians”

Lustick, Ian, Yousef Munayyer, Jeremy Ben-Ami, and Ahmad Samih Khalidi. “Symposium: Two States or One? The Future of Israelis and Palestinians.” Middle East Policy 20.4 (2013): 1-28.



The following is an edited transcript of the seventy-fourth in a series of Capitol Hill conferences convened by the Middle East Policy Council. The meeting was held on October 9, 2013, at the Washington Court Hotel, with Omar Kader moderating and Thomas R. Mattair as the discussant. The video can be accessed at

ToC: Journal of Palestine Studies 42,4 (2013)

Journal of Palestine Studies
Vol. 42, No. 4, Summer 2013

Published by: University of California Press on behalf of the Institute for Palestine Studies

DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.cover
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Front Matter
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Table of Contents
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From the Editor
Rashid I. Khalidi
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.5
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 5-6.


Dividing Jerusalem: British Urban Planning in the Holy City
Nicholas E. Roberts
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.7
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 7-26.


The Negev Land Question: Between Denial and Recognition
Ahmad Amara
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.27
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 27-47.


Normalcy and Violence: The Yearning for the Ordinary in Discourse of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Salim Tamari
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.48
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 48-60.


The United States and the Palestinians, 1977–2012: Three Key Moments
Rashid Khalidi
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.61
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 61-72.


Rethinking the Palestinian Future
Richard Falk
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.73
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 73-86.

Recent Books
The Paradoxes Of Liberal Zionism

False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine
False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine by Tikva Honig-Parnass
Review by: Josh Ruebner
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.87
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 87-88.

Recent Books
Gay Identities In Israeli Cinema

Soldiers, Rebels, and Drifters: Gay Representation in Israeli Cinema
Soldiers, Rebels, and Drifters: Gay Representation in Israeli Cinema by Nir Cohen
Review by: Colleen Jankovic
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.88
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 88-90.

Recent Books
Imaginations In Exile

Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home
Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home by Penny Johnson; Raja Shehadeh
Review by: Matthew Abraham
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.90
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 90-91.

Recent Books
Two Faces Of The Palestinian Memoir

Born in Jerusalem, Born Palestinian: A Memoir, and Occupation Diaries
Born in Jerusalem, Born Palestinian: A Memoir by Jacob J. Nammar; Occupation Diaries by Raja Shehadeh
Review by: Steven Salaita
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.91
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 91-93.

Recent Books
Re-Packaging Palestine: Tourist Literature

Walking Palestine: 25 Journeys into the West Bank, and Palestine (Bradt Travel Guides)
Walking Palestine: 25 Journeys into the West Bank by Stefan Szepesi; Raja Shehadeh; Palestine (Bradt Travel Guides) by Sarah Irving
Review by: Glenn Bowman
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.93
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 93-95.

Recent Books
Narrating 1967

The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins & Consequences, and The Six-Day War & Israeli Self-Defense: Questioning the Legal Basis for Preventive War
The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins & Consequences by Wm. Roger Louis; Avi Shlaim; The Six-Day War & Israeli Self-Defense: Questioning the Legal Basis for Preventive War by John Quigley
Review by: Thomas Reifer
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.95
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 95-97.

Recent Books
Europe’s Waning Influence

Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians since 1967
Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians since 1967 by Rory Miller
Review by: Philip Leech
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.97
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 97-98.

Recent Books
An American Legacy In Jerusalem

Anna’s House: The American Colony in Jerusalem
Anna’s House: The American Colony in Jerusalem by Odd Karsten Tveit; Peter Scott-Hansen
Review by: Penny Johnson
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.98
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 98-100.


Arab Views
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Selections from the Press
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Photos from the Quarter
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Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 117-125.


Quarterly Update on Conflict and Diplomacy
Ben White
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.126
Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 126-149.


Settlement Monitor
Geoffrey Aronson
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Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 150-160.


Congressional Monitor
Paul Karolyi and Paul James Costic
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Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 161-184.


Documents and Source Material
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Bibliography of Periodical Literature
Norbert Scholz
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Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2013, Vol. 42, No. 4: 207-220.

Cite: Jacobson, Why did Arendt Reject the Partition of Palestine?

Jacobson, Eric. “Why did Hannah Arendt Reject the Partition of Palestine?” Journal for Cultural Research 17.4 (2013): 358-81.



The political philosopher Hannah Arendt actively engaged in the problem of a Jewish homeland and the politics of Zionism in the years 1941–1948. She advocated a Binational solution to Palestine – a single political commonwealth with two national identities, Jewish and Arab, integrated in a federation with other countries in the region. In the crucial period leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel, Arendt became increasingly disillusioned with the Jewish Agency and the Zionist movement for failing to organize a Jewish response to Nazism (a Jewish Army) and rejecting the Palestinian right to a homeland.

Cite: Rodgers, The Roadmap Ripped Up

Rodgers, James. “The Roadmap Ripped Up: Lessons from Gaza in the Second Intifada.” Mediterranean Quarterly 24.3 (2013): 20-34.





Drawing on the author’s time as the BBC’s correspondent in Gaza from 2002 to 2004, this essay offers a way of understanding more fully the situation in Gaza in 2013, after the recent elections in the United States and Israel and following the Arab uprisings. The core argument is that any future analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must give greater weight to issues of faith and to the idea that land is not simply a commodity but something to which there is a strong, historical, almost spiritual connection. The essay makes the case that recent events in the Middle East make these issues increasingly important.

Cite: Newman, Israeli Attitudes Toward Conflict Resolution in the Post-Oslo Era

Newman, Saul. “Between Optimism and Pessimism: Israeli Attitudes Toward Conflict Resolution in the Post-Oslo Era.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics18.4 (2012): 476-504.



The Oslo Accords failed to end Israeli-Palestinian violence and led to a final settlement of the conflict. This article examines Israeli attitudes toward conflict resolution and argues that the peace process, despite its setbacks, has increased Israeli support for certain concessions. While support for the “Oslo Process” may have declined, Jewish Israeli acceptance of the creation of a Palestinian state has risen dramatically. Israelis remain committed to continuing the peace process, they just remain highly skeptical that the process will succeed. The article examines the sources of this skepticism. Both lack of trust in Arab aspirations and religiosity are the primary determinants of Israeli unwillingness to make concessions for peace. Trust is tied to present conditions rather than past conditions of conflict. Thus, if trust could be rebuilt, Israeli Jews would be considerably better poised to make political and territorial concessions for peace than they were at the start of the “Oslo Process.” Although the relative fertility rates of Orthodox Jews, compared to secular Jews, might undermine long-term support for peace, this might be counterbalanced by the growing dovishness of young secular Russians socialized in Israel.

Reviews: Gorenberg, Unmaking of Israel

Gorenberg, Gershom. The Unmaking of Israel. New York: Harper, 2011.

The Unmaking of Israel By Gershom Gorenberg



ToC: Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Spring 2012)

Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Spring 2012)




 Front Matter


 Table of Contents


 From the Editor

Author(s): Rashid I. Khalidi

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 Western Interests, Israeli Unilateralism, and the Two-State Solution

Author(s): Neve Gordon; Yinon Cohen

pp. 6-18

Abstract: This essay analyzes the impact of Israeli unilateralism—specifically that of its settlement project—on the two-state solution. After exploring the relationship between unilateralism and power, the authors show, inter alia, that in-migration has accounted for about half the settlement growth since the international embrace of the land-for-peace formula in 1991, that the level of in-migration does not fluctuate according to government composition (right or left), and that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have spurred rather than inhibited settlement expansion. The essay is framed by a contrast with the Palestinian bid for full UN membership, rejected as unilateralism by the Western powers but in fact aimed at undercutting Israeli unilateralism and creating the conditions for meaningful negotiations.


 Liminal Loyalties: Ottomanism and Palestinian Responses to the Turkish War of Independence, 1919–22

Author(s): Awad Halabi

pp. 19-37

Abstract: The imposition of British rule in Palestine following World War I did not immediately supplant one imperial system with another or Ottoman identities with national ones. Examining Palestinian responses to the Turkish war of independence, this article argues that the 1917–22 period should be seen as a “liminal” era suspended between imperial systems. Both Kemalists and Palestinians employed a discourse of loyalty to the Ottoman dynasty, Muslim identity, and resistance to European rule to frame their goals. It was only after the creation of the Turkish Republic and the promulgation of the British Mandate, the author argues, that nationalist identities displaced Ottoman ones for both Turks and Palestinians.


 Compounding Vulnerability: Impacts of Climate Change on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank

Author(s): Michael Mason; Mark Zeitoun; Ziad Mimi

pp. 38-53

Abstract: Coping with (and adapting to) climatological hazards is commonly understood in intergovernmental and aid agency fora as a purely technical matter. This article examines the UN Development Programme’s stakeholder consultations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in order to challenge the donor-driven technical-managerial framing of Palestinian climate vulnerability by showing how Israeli occupation practices exacerbate environmental stresses. While emphasizing the importance of social, economic, and political contexts in shaping populations’ responses to climate change in general, the authors demonstrate the multiple ways in which the occupation specifically compounds hazards reveals it as constitutive of Palestinian climate vulnerability.


 The Origins of Hamas: Militant Legacy or Israeli Tool?

Author(s): Jean-Pierre Filiu

pp. 54-70

Abstract: Since its creation in 1987, Hamas has been at the forefront of armed resistance in the occupied Palestinian territories. While the movement itself claims an unbroken militancy in Palestine dating back to 1935, others credit post-1967 maneuvers of Israeli Intelligence for its establishment. This article, in assessing these opposing narratives and offering its own interpretation, delves into the historical foundations of Hamas starting with the establishment in 1946 of the Gaza branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (the mother organization) and ending with its emergence as a distinct entity at the outbreak of the first intifada. Particular emphasis is given to the Brotherhood’s pre-1987 record of militancy in the Strip, and on the complicated and intertwining relationship between the Brotherhood and Fatah.


 Reconceptualizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Key Paradigm Shifts

Author(s): Sara Roy

pp. 71-91

Abstract: In the near 20 years since the Oslo peace process began, Palestinians have suffered losses—socially, economically and politically—arguably not seen since 1948. This altered reality has, in recent years, been shaped by critical paradigm shifts in the way the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is understood and addressed. These shifts, particularly with regard to international acceptance of Palestine’s territorial fragmentation, the imperative of ending Israel’s occupation, the de facto annexation of West Bank lands to Israel, and the transformation of Palestinians into a humanitarian issue—have redefined the way the world views the conflict, diminishing the possibility of a political resolution.


 Reflections on a Lifetime of Engagement with Zionism, the Palestine Question, and American Empire: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

Author(s): Mouin Rabbani

pp. 92-120


 Review: Remembering Palestine in 1948: Beyond National Narratives

Author(s): Weldon C. Matthews

pp. 121-122


 Review: Late Ottoman Palestine: The Period of the Young Turk Rule

Author(s): Dana Sajdi

pp. 122-123


 Review: Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine,

Author(s): Anthony O’Mahony

pp. 123-125


 Review: Palestinian Women: Narrative Histories and Gendered Memories

Author(s): Anaheed Al-Hardan

pp. 125-126


 Review: The Palestinians in Israel: The Conflict Within,; Arab Minority Nationalism in Israel: The Politics of Indigeneity (Routledge Studies on the Arab-Israeli Conflict),

Author(s): Nimer Sultany

pp. 126-130


 Review: Militarism and Israeli Society,

Author(s): Zvi Ben-Dor Benite

pp. 130-131


 Review: Nation and History: Israeli Historiography between Zionism and Post-Zionism; Zionism and the Roads Not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn

Author(s): Ephraim Nimni

pp. 131-136


 Arab Views

pp. 137-138


 Selections from the Press

pp. 139-160


 Photos from the Quarter

pp. 161-168


 Update on Conflict and Diplomacy

pp. 169-204


 Settlement Monitor

pp. 205-218


 A1. European Members of UN Security Council, Joint Statement on Jerusalem, New York, 20 December 2011

pp. 219-220


 A2. European Union, Internal Report on “Area C and Palestinian State Building,” Brussels, January 2012 (excerpts)

pp. 220-223


 A3. EU Heads of Mission, Report on East Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 10 February 2012 (excerpts)

pp. 223-232


 B. B’Tselem , “Three Years since Operation Cast Lead: Israeli Military Utterly Failed to Investigate Itself,” Jerusalem, 19 January 2012.

pp. 232-235


 C. Khaled Elgindy, “The Middle East Quartet: A Post-Mortem,” Washington, D.C., February 2012 (excerpts)

pp. 235-240


 Bibliography of Periodical Literature

pp. 241-251



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pp. 253-284

Cite: Arens and Kaufman, Potential Impact of Palestinian Nonviolent Struggle on Israel

Arens, Omri and Edward Kaufman. “The Potential Impact of Palestinian Nonviolent Struggle on Israel: Preliminary Lessons and Projections for the Future.” Middle East Journal 66.2 (2012): 231-252.




This article assesses the potential impact that a massive, organized, and sustained nonviolent Palestinian resistance movement can have on Israeli society. Based on the recognition of the growing success of nonviolent strategies internationally, the subjective Israeli perceptions due to a Jewish collective memory of victimhood, and the perceived efficacy of violent and nonviolent actions through the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we conclude that such an unprecedented strategy has a strong likelihood of yielding an independent Palestinian state alongside a state of Israel.

CFP: Israelis and Palestinians: Seeking, Building and Acting Peace



Israelis and Palestinians: seeking, building and acting peace

«Quest» n. 5, edited by Marcella Simoni, focuses on Israel and Palestine, placing special emphasis on bottom-up peace- building (rather than top-down peace-making) throughout the 20th century up to the present. In particular, it calls attention to local Israeli, Palestinian and Palestinian Israeli grassroots mobilization geared at building cooperation in society and among intellectuals, at bridging divides in society and politics, and at favouring joint economic development. In brief, this issue of the journal will be built around papers that, in their analysis of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, adopt a historical perspective investigating and underlining communal traits and shared work/cooperation/ coexistence/mutual help between Israelis and Palestinians over those emphasizing their well known territorial, political and existential divides.


As film-maker Julia Bacha has inspiringly suggested – either in public meetings and interviews or in her work – the time has come to try to fill the gap between what is happening on the ground and perceptions and representations abroad; this involves, among other things, also concentrating both on past experiences of cooperation and joint work, or paying attention to the role of non violence and of other means of peaceful resistance against conflict and war in the history of the relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Some works already exists on various aspects of the peace-building experience, more for the Israeli than for the Palestinian side, starting from Bar-On (1996), with some specific researches on "Peace Now" (Hall-Cathala, 1990; Feige, 2002; Hermann 2009), on conscientious objection (Zemliskaya, 2009), on checkpoint monitoring (Keshet, 2006), on peace activism through a gender perspective (Helman and Rapaport, 1997; Pouzol, 2008) and on other aspects of this complex enterprise. Other studies have focused on the international dimension of peace-building focusing on people-to- people programs (Herzog and Hai, 2005), the agenda and influence of foreign donors (Challand, 2009) in a post-Oslo context, when civil society (generally conceptualized as a plethora of NGOs) was entrusted with the task of defusing the conflict through education, health, women’s empowerment, the building of sustainability etc.


Finally, some studies have focused on joint Israeli-Palestinian NGOs and their cooperation, the ones that survived the shockwaves of the Second Intifada (2000-2004) (Simoni, 2007).


These different approaches and different subjects have not yet received the attention they deserve by the media or by the scholarly community, and for this reason too a coherent and articulated discourse conceptualizing fifty and more years of peace- building activities has not fully emerged. And while Bacha has spent a number of years documenting non violent resistance of Palestinians and their cooperation with Israelis in films (Encounter Point, 2006; Budrus, 2009), this issue of «Quest» would like to complement (and add to) some of the already existing literature on the subject (Sufian & Levin, 2007; Marteu, 2009): it aims at proposing a new perspective on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one that tries to deconstruct a historical narrative mainly based on the paradigm of conflict. As Zachary Lockman (2004) has pointed out, such narrative helps a production of knowledge bound to reproduce conflict; in a previous work (1996), Lockman had also argued the case for a relational approach, i.e. writing a history that keeps into consideration how the identity of the parties in conflict necessarily takes shape through the relation (conflicting or otherwise) that they necessarily entertain. And while this does not necessarily imply peace-related activities, peace-building seems a starting point worth exploring.


The Editorial Board of «Quest» is thus seeking papers for a volume on the long history of the constructive relations between Israelis, Palestinians and Palestinian Israelis from the inception of this conflict at the turn of the twentieth century to the present. While the present time of this collective effort will be naturally represented in the volume, «Quest» is a historical journal and papers that deal with the historical aspect of such a cooperation are particularly encouraged.


All subjects will be considered, and the list that follows only presents macro-areas waiting to be filled with more specific contributions: 1) military/civil sphere, conscientious objection; 2) History, memory and trauma; 3) Women and gender activism; 4) Religion and secularism; 5) Media, Communication, high and popular culture. In this section we also welcome papers that provide critical analysis of the role of literature, cinema, music, advertising, art and artists (photography, graphic design, comics, graphic novels etc. in spreading messages against war, conflict and occupation (see for example the works of David Tartakover and Yossi Lemel); 6) Welfare (education and health). Papers that provide new historical evidence deconstructing national narratives of "eternal hatred" between Palestinians and the Yishuv/Israel are welcome as well as papers that discuss biographies of peace-makers/thinkers/ organizers from different times, organizations and approaches (Ury Avnery, Gershon Baskin, Martin Buber, Uri Davis, Yael Dayan, Simha Flapan, Emil Grunzweig, Said Hammami, Adam Keller, Yeheshayahu Leibowitz, Avishai Margalit, Abie Nathan, Sari Nusseibeh, Mattie Peled, Ron Pundak, Issam Sartawi, Hanna Siniora just to mention a few names).


This volume will thus try to raise and address some questions that come together with the history of pacifism, non- violence, conscientious objection, political mobilization, grassroots cooperation etc. both at a theoretical and at a practical level: why has such history disappeared from the historiography of the conflict?

Were minorities such as Mizrahi/Arab Jews or Palestinian Israelis ever intended to play a role in peace-related activities through organizations or as (linguistic and cultural) bridges between peoples in conflict? How does the rule of (Israeli military) law perpetuate the occupation of the West Bank? How does it help placing human rights before security? What are the economic, military, social and ethnic mechanisms of the occupation and does the debate surrounding them help defuse them? Does pacifism interfere with those mechanisms or is it a form of non-violent resistance to them? Does it embody a more radical protest against the State of Israel as an ethnocracy?


Does cooperation – and especially cooperation through NGOs – defuse the economic, individual, collective and political consequences of the occupation or does it normalize it? What is the role of women in constructing a culture of peace or in perpetuating one of that supports conflict and the occupation? Is gender a relevant category in this respect? And finally, is there a role for both the Jewish and the Palestinians Diasporas in peace-building or only in conflict perpetuation?


Given the flexible nature of «Quest» as a web-based scholarly journal, the editor is not only looking for traditional scholarly papers but for other "texts" too, filmed testimonies, collection of drawings, photographs, stickers; on the other hand, it is important to remember that «Quest» is a publication devoted to scholarship and that it will not host propaganda material of any kind, nor will it publish material that could be offensive for religious, political, gender or other reasons. The decision of the Editorial Board of the journal will be final in this respect.


ABSTRACTS – February 29h 2012: addressed to Marcella Simoni (image); in English with a clear indication of sources to be used (oral, written, documentary, visual etc.); length: 400 words; subject line: Quest n. 5 – abstract. Notification of acceptance (or not) will be delivered by the mid-March.

FIRST SUBMISSION OF ESSAYS – July 15th 2012: All essays will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Should a second submission be needed, deadline will be November 30th 2012.

PUBLICATION: expected by January 2013.