Revisiting 1967: The False Paradigm of Peace, Partition, and Parity

Ilan Pappé

in The Oslo Accords

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9789774167706
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781617975486 | DOI:
Revisiting 1967: The False Paradigm of Peace, Partition, and Parity

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This chapter examines the peace process historically as a strategy of the settler colonialist state and as a native response to it. It argues that the peace process was conceived at a particular moment, in June 1967, as part of the settler colonialist state's attempt to reconcile Israel's wish to remain demographically a Jewish state and its desire to expand geographically without losing the pretense of being a democratic state in the post-1967 context. It is also argued that the Israeli political and military elite knowingly engaged in this dilemma, contemplating the possibility of a scenario of its own or of others' making that would place it in control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. All three vantage points suggest that the two-state solution and the process that is supposed to bring it about are an Israeli plan, with modifications, by a powerful coalition of the US, EU, European Union, Russia, the United Nations, most of the Arab states, the Fatah Palestinian leadership, the Zionist Left and Center in Israel, and some well-known figures in the Palestinian solidarity movement. It is the power of the coalition and not the logic of the solution or the process that has maintained the “peace process” for so long, despite its apparent failure.

Keywords: peace process; Israel; Palestine; Jewish state; West Bank; Gaza Strip

Chapter.  6650 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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