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Democracy and Conflict Resolution

The Dilemmas of Israel's Peacemaking

edited by Henrick Spruyt, Oded Haklai, and Miriam Fendius Elman

Publication Year: 2013

Studies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict typically focus on how international conditions drive the likelihood of conflict resolution. By contrast, Democracy and Conflict Resolution considers the understudied impact of domestic factors. Using the contested theory of “democratic peace” as a foundational framework, the contributors explore the effects of a variety of internal influences on Israeli government practices related to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking: electoral systems; political parties; identity; leadership; and social movements.

Published by: Syracuse University Press


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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xvi

The idea for this book originated in March 2008 when several of the chapters were initially presented at the annual convention of the International Studies Association (ISA). We are grateful to Emmanuel Adler of the University of Toronto for extending an invitation to us the...

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1: Introduction

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pp. 1-26

Israel's protracted conflict with the Palestinians has long been the focus of signifi cant attention in international politics. Numerous United Nations Security Council debates and resolutions, several peace plans and initiatives, and seemingly infi nite negotiations have yet to yield...

Part One: The Consequences of Institutional Configurations

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2: Territorial Concessions,Domestic Politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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pp. 29-66

With the end of the Cold War, the coalition defeat of Iraq in 1991, and treaties with Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994), Israel’s existential security position has improved considerably since the early years of its independence. One challenge, however, has continuously befuddled Israel’s leaders...

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3: Spoiling the Peace

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pp. 67-98

The focus of this chapter is on domestic institutional structures that have enabled mobilized domestic opposition to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to disrupt peacemaking efforts since the early 1990s. The chapter pays particular attention to organized ideological settlers and religious...

Part Two: Religion and Identity

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4: Does Democracy Tame the Radicals?

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pp. 101-132

In October 2008, the Israeli religious political party Shas (Sephardic Guardians of the Torah) succeeded in scuttling then Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s attempts to form a new coalition government. Livni preferred to return the mandate to Israel’s president, and risk her party’s chances...

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5: Identity Matters

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pp. 133-156

On the evening of Saturday, November 4, 1995, twenty-fi ve-yearold Yigal Amir walked up to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who had just fi nished addressing a massive rally in Tel Aviv in support of the Oslo peace process, and fi red three shots into his back. Rabin died shortly...

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6: The Israeli Right and Israel’s Territorial Dilemma

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pp. 157-176

The subject of this chapter is the Israeli Right and its evolving political attitudes toward the possibility of partitioning Palestine (or Eretz Israel) between the State of Israel and a future Palestinian state. Territorial partition has been at the very center of the political debate within the pre- 1948...

Part Three: Agency and Leadership

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7: Predicting Peace

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pp. 179-208

The chapters in this book persuasively show that the democratic peace theory cannot, in a deterministic fashion, show that democracies have only a positive infl uence on peace processes; these scholars have done so by exploring how Israeli democracy has produced an almost...

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8: State Elite Perceptions and the Launch of the Israeli Settlement Project in the West Bank

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pp. 209-222

On November 4, 2009, Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat stated that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas should “tell his people the truth, that with the continuation of settlement activities, the two-state solution is no longer an option” (Assadi 2009). In the years following this...

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9: Conclusion

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pp. 223-240

Let me begin by asking you to consider two statements. The fi st statement is this: “Recent developments in the Israel-Palestinian confl ict have widened the gap between the two sides and made peaceful resolution more diffi cult.” Probably few here would argue with this. Since the outbreak of the...


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pp. 241-272


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pp. 273-278


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pp. 279-288

Back Cover

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pp. BC-BC

E-ISBN-13: 9780815652519
E-ISBN-10: 0815652518
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815633372
Print-ISBN-10: 0815633378

Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 3 black and white
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 879306257
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Subject Headings

  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993- -- Peace.
  • Diplomatic negotiations in international disputes.
  • Conflict management -- Middle East.
  • Peace-building -- Middle East -- Public opinion.
  • Jews -- Israel -- Attitudes.
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Attitudes.
  • Israel -- Politics and government.
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Politics and government.
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