Friday, January 3, 2014

What Went Wrong?

Several readers have asked me to post the article of mine that is cited by Scott McConnell in his American Conservative piece.   The article,  "What Went Wrong?  The Collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process," appeared in the Summer 2001 issue of Political Science Quarterly (vol 116, no. 2)

The journal has given me permission to do so.  Here is the link:  This takes you to a page where you can read the article by clicking on the "View PDF" link, above the title.


Donald said...

The editorial intro by the PSQ is a little annoying--the "prevailing view" is/was the prevailing view only among editorialists, pundits, politicians, and other people who didn't know or didn't care to know what Israeli historians had already revealed by that time.

Anonymous said...

I wish to pick you up on two points you made:

1)Early in the article you wrote that it is clear that David Ben Gurion felt that acceptance of the UN Partition plan would be a first step to a larger State of Israel. This, in contrast with the views of the PLO, who in 1988 "officially accepted a two-state solution of its conflict with Israel" A poll in 2011 by the Israel Project found that 74% of Palestinians believe that they should start with two states, but then move towards a single Palestinian State. Is it really correct that the Israelis were the only one who wanted the whole land, and the Palestinians are coming to the table asking for a State, and no more?

2)In your criticism`s of Rabin`s government, you criticise the fact that "Palestinians living outside Jerusalem were often prevented from attending
services at the Muslim mosques on the Temple Mount." Is the overall record of Israelis regarding the holy sites of Muslims anywhere near as bad as the Palestinian and Jordanian record with Jewish holy sites? In 1948,when the Jordanians conquered the Old City of Jerusalem, the Churva Synagogue and the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue were blown up. When Israel conquered the West Bank in 1967, were any mosques blown up? For 19 years between 1948 and 1967, Jews were not allowed even to the Western Wall, let alone to the Temple Mount. Surely the prevention of access of Muslims to their holy sites pales in comparison?

I would be interested to hear your response to the above points.