Palestinian-Israeli Impasse: Exploring Alternative Solutions to the Palestine-Israel Conflict
Editor: Dr Mahdi Abdul Hadi (2005)
In 2004, when it became clear that Palestinian-Israeli relations had reached a deadlock – there had not been any serious negotiations for over three years, an 'intifada culture' was prevailing, and daily lives were determined by the Israeli re-occupation of Palestinian cities, military incursions, and closure policies - PASSIA initiated a new project entitled Palestinian-Israeli Impasse - Exploring Solutions to the Palestine-Israel Conflict, in a search for the light at the end of the tunnel.
The papers included in this volume look at the reasons the two-state solution has failed to succeed until the present day and consider what prospects for future success or failure it still has, thereby looking at the issue from various angles (historical, conceptual and religious aspects; implications for the refugee question, Jerusalem, the settlement issue and the future geography of Palestine/Israel).
The various proposed approaches to solve the Palestinian-Israeli impasse explored in this volume were provoked by a number of concrete questions, such as whether there is still a possibility for a (short-term or permanent) two-state solution; how the two-state solution should be reevaluated, given that all recent breakthroughs in the reconciliation process of inter-communal or ethnic disputes (Northern Ireland, South Africa, Bosnia) have been based on federal, consociational, and autonomy arrangements, and not on partition; and what kind of practicable models could be envisioned for the Palestinian-Israeli case.
For those papers that support the idea of a one-state solution, the possibilities of maintaining separate cultures, heritages and identities while holding equal citizenships and rights in a democratic political system on one open territory are considered very seriously. By exploring these and related issues, the PASSIA team aimed to assess the positions adopted by different national, religious, secular and other groups on the various formulas as well as the greatest obstacles to each of them.
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: PASSIA, 2005
[Source: PASSIA, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs]