Arguing that a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict depends on a resolution of the Jewish-Palestinian conflict within Israel as much as it does on resolving the conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, this timely book explores the causes and consequences of the growing conflict between Israel's Jewish majority and its Palestinian-Arab minority. It warns that if Jewish-Arab relations in Israel continue to deteriorate, this will pose a serious threat to the stability of Israel, to the quality of Israeli democracy and to the potential for peace in the Middle East. The book examines the views and attitudes of both the Palestinian minority and the Jewish majority, as well as the Israeli state's historic approach to its Arab citizens. Drawing upon the experience of other states with national minorities, the authors put forward specific proposals for safeguarding and enhancing the rights of the Palestinian minority while maintaining the country's Jewish identity.
Ilan Peleg is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College and serves as a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. He is the author or editor of eight previous books, including Democratizing the Hegemonic State (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Human Rights in the West Bank and Gaza (1995), which was a winner of the Choice Award for Scholarly Excellence. Professor Peleg previously served as president of the Association for Israel Studies from 1995 to 1997 and was a founding editor of its scholarly journal, the Israel Studies Forum. Dov Waxman is Associate Professor of Political Science at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending/Defining the Nation (2006), as well as numerous articles, reviews and book chapters. Professor Waxman serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Israel Studies and was previously the associate editor of its journal, the Israel Studies Forum.
Introduction: the other Palestinian problem; Part I. The Conflict Within: 1. Palestinians in Israel: separate and unequal; 2. Palestinian politics in a Jewish state; 3. A radicalized minority?; 4. The Jewish majority and the Arab 'other'; Part II. Managing the Conflict: 5. The formation of the Jewish Republic; 6. Alternatives to ethnic hegemony; 7. Neither ethnocracy nor binationalism: seeking the middle ground; 8. Israel's challenge: moving from hegemony to equality; Conclusion: a comprehensive resolution of the Palestinian problem.