A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Indiana University Press, 1994 - Political Science - 906 pages
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""This is the best book on the subject at present. Highly recommended."" -- Library Journal (starred review)

""[Mr. Tessler is] thoughtful, well-informed and resolutely fair-minded... rigorous and commiserative alike, and his gloss on the fallout from the creation of Israel, which included a counterflow of millions of Jewish immigrants from the Arab world, is among the best things in the book."" -- David Schoenbaum, New York Times Book Review

""A dense, well-annotated portrait of Jewish and Arab histories, national aspirations, and conflicts, focusing on the origins of modern Zionism and Arab nationalism with a view to the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace."" -- Kirkus Reviews

""Most will profit from the careful scholarship and the balanced judgments and will hope that [Tessler] is right in concluding that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute may finally be on its way to resolution."" -- Foreign Affairs

.."". fascinating and enlightening.""A -- Booklist

.."". a truly monumental yet easy to read work of scholarship."" -- Hadassah Magazine

""I consider Tessler's work a real breakthrough in the systematic and in-depth analysis of the Arab-Jewish conflict in its historical context. The volume is well balanced, objective, and comprehensive. His conclusion that the conflict is solvable for the benefit of all parties is anchored in a careful and well-documented piece of research."" -- Baruch Kimmerling

""Mark Tessler's new book is an authoritative source on the evolution and the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is one of the few books that offers a balanced, enlightened, and thorough analysis of the various aspects of the conflict and the politics of the region. A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is a must for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses on the Middle East."" -- Emile Sahliyeh

""This timely study is the most comprehensive history to date of the century-old struggle between Zionists (and, later, Israelis) and Palestinians for historic Palestine. Based on the best works of recent scholarship, Mark Tessler's History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is a major contribution. Sensitive to the viewpoints of the protagonists, Tessler transcends partisanship and presents a largely balanced and detailed analysis. This work is a rare example of how the history of the conflict should be written.""A -- Philip Mattar

""The main characteristic of Mark Tessler's book is 'objectivity without detachment.' It is this and much more -- a work of unprecedented empathy for both sides... [Tessler] has put together a very readable and cogent narrative of historical developments spanning more than a century. His balanced analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from 1948 to the Declaration of Principles of 1993 forms the core of his perceptive book which is certain to remain the definitive study on this conflict for some time."" -- Jacob M. Landau

""Teachers and students alike, after some understandable initial hestitation as to the need for 'yet another' volume on the Arab-Israeli conflict, will quickly discover the many merits of this carefully crafted, well-written, and nuanced treatement of its complex and highly charged subject."" -- International Journal of Middle East Studies

""Thoroughly researched and comprehensive in scope, this book is an impressive achievement by any measure."" -- Journal of Church and State

This timely, comprehensive, and objective history provides a constructive framework for thinking realistically about the prospects for peace. Highlighting the historic symmetry of the two peoples and emphasizing the potential for cooperation between them, Tessler presents the case for mutual recognition and a two-state solution.

 

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A HISTORY OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

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A dense, well-annotated portrait of Jewish and Arab histories, national aspirations, and conflicts, focusing on the origins of modern Zionism and Arab nationalism with a view to the prospects for ... Read full review

A History of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Tessler, a political scientist, provides a thorough historical and political analysis of the current Arab-Israeli conflict. Going back to ancient times, he juxtaposes the history of the ancient ... Read full review

Contents

Emergence and History of the Conflict to 1948
123
Routinization of the Conflict 19481967
269
Front the June
399
Postwar Diplomacy and the Rise of the Palestine
407
Israel the Palestinians and the Occupied Territories
465
Confrontations between
533
Futile Diplomacy in the Mid1980s
600
The Intifada and Beyond
677
The Beginning of the End?
753
NOTES
763
BIBLIOGRAPHY
857
INDEX
889
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About the author (1994)

MARK TESSLER is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Centerfor Middle Eastern Studies, and Head of the Department of Near EasternStudies. He has spent more than six years in the Middle East, conducting research in Tunisia, Israel, the West Bank, Egypt, and Morocco. He is co-author of Political Elites in Arab North Africa and (with Ann Mosely Lesch) of Israel, Egypt, the Palestinians: From Camp David to Intifada.

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