The Israel/Palestine Reader
The Israel/Palestine Reader
Edited by Alan Dowty

Introduction to any complex international conflict is enriched when the voices of the adversaries are heard. The Israel/Palestine Reader is an innovative collection focused on the human dimension of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian confrontation. Its rich and illuminating primary readings present the voices of the diverse parties through personal testimonies and analyses. Key leaders, literary figures, prominent analysts, and simply close observers of different phases of this protracted conflict are all represented - in their own words.

From Mark Twain to Theodor Herzl, Gamal Abdul Nasser, Golda Meir, Anwar Sadat, Ezer Weizman, Ehud Barak, Marwan Barghouti, Mahmoud Abbas, Benjamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, and dozens of others, the first-hand narratives brought together in this Reader bring the conflict to life as seen by those closest to it. Though structured to complement Alan Dowty's introductory text Israel/Palestine (4th edition, Polity 2017), this Reader also stands on its own as a survey of "voices" in the conflict. Each of its ten chapters is framed by an editorial introduction which sets the pieces in context. By juxtaposing contrasting viewpoints, both between and within the opposed parties, the drama of the conflict is underlined while final judgment is left to the reader. This lively little volume will add color and texture to any study of Arab-Israeli issues or of the Middle East generally.

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Table of Contents



Chapter One: Introduction: Two Worlds Collide

1. Ernest Renan, What is a Nation?

2. Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad

3. Abdul-Karim Rafeq, Nu'man al-Qasatli's Travels in Palestine

Chapter Two: The Jewish Story

4. Yehuda Halevi, Two Poems

5. Bilu Manifesto, 1882

6. Theodor Herzl, The Jewish State

7. Chaim Nachman Bialik, On the Slaughter

8. Yitzhak Epstein, A Hidden Question

9. Nehama Pukhachewsky, Open Questions

Chapter Three: The Arab Story

10. References to Jews in the Quran

11. Usamah ibn Munqidh, On the Franks

12. George Antonius, The Arab Awakening

13. Najib Azuri, The Awakening of the Arab Nation

14. Khalil as-Sakakini, My View of Zionism

Chapter Four: The Emergence of Israel

15. Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall

16. Hamid Frangieh, The Arab Case for Palestine

17. Golda Meir, We Have Our State

18. Gamal Abdul Nasser, Memoirs of the First Palestine War

19. Gamal Abdul Nasser, War is Inevitable -- Why?

20. Central Intelligence Agency Memorandum, May 26, 1967

Chapter Five: The Re-emergence of the Palestinians

21. Mahmoud Darwish, Identity Card

22. Yasir Arafat, An Olive Branch and a Gun

23. Anwar Sadat, The Road to Peace

24. Ezer Weizman, The 1978 Negotiations at Camp David

25. Mahmoud Abbas, The Road to Oslo

Chapter Six: The First Pass at Peace

26. Sari Nusseibeh, The Palestinians' Fourteen Demands

27. Yossi Beilin, The Oslo Accord

28. Mahmoud Abbas, The Oslo Accord

29. Ehud Barak, Collapse at Camp David

30. Robert Malley and Hussein Agha, Collapse at Camp David

Chapter Seven: The Fourth Stage

31. Hamas Covenant (1988)

32. Marwan Barghouti, The Second Intifada

33. The Intifada: Israel Government White Paper

34. Palestine Papers: Olmert's Offer to Abu Mazen

35. Ehud Olmert, My Offer to Abbas

36. Benjamin Netanyahu, Conditions for a Two-State Solution

Chapter Eight: The Downward Spiral

37. Mahmoud Abbas, Recognize Palestine as a UN Member-State

38. Martin Indyk, Collapse of Kerry Initiative

39. Diana Buttu, 2014 Gaza War: Palestinian View

40. Benjamin Netanyahu, 2014 Gaza War: Israeli View

41. John Kerry, Saving the Two-State Solution

Chapter Nine: The Impasse that Remains

42. Michael Herzog, Territorial Issues

43. Walid Salem, West Bank Settlements: A Palestinian View

44. Hillel Halkin, West Bank Settlements: An Israeli View

45. Rashid Khalidi, The Refugee Issue: A Palestinian View

46. Efraim Karsh, The Refugee Issue: An Israeli View

Chapter Ten: The Perfect Conflict

47. Ghada Karmi, The One-State Solution: A Palestinian Version

48. Naftali Bennett, The One-State Solution: An Israeli Version

49. David C. Unger, The Two-State Solution

50. Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov, Linking Justice to Peace

About the Author
ALAN DOWTY is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Senior Associate for Middle East Studies at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.
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“While Israel’s relationship with the major Sunni Arab state is improving its conflict with Palestinians keeps festering. Against this grim backdrop Alan Dowty has provided us with a rich and balanced reader. It is an indispensable resource for both professionals and lay readers.”
Itamar Rabinovich, President of The Israel Institute

“Successful teaching of the Arab-Israeli conflict requires providing multiple perspectives. No collection of documents does this better than Alan Dowty’s The Israel/Palestine Reader. Like his now classic, Israel/Palestine, it offers a rich and balanced content skillfully crafted for the university classroom.”
Ilan Troen, past-President of the Association for Israel Studies

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