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Dangers of a Palestinian State Paperback – August, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-9652293039 ISBN-10: 9652293032

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Gefen Books (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652293032
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652293039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,996,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For the sake of peace, for the sake of a peace treaty, we have assumed great responsibility and taken many risks...But there is no escape. You must accept responsibility with that degree of civic courage without which there can be no political decisions."
Menachem Begin
Former Israeli Prime Minister "[Israel] is not, as PLO propaganda imagines, an imperialist outpost with no roots in the country. It is a solid national venture with a powerful state and military apparatus..."
Dr Mordechai Nisan
Middle East Studies lecturer, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

"With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, a historic window of opportunity opened for Israel. Actual implementation of the present disastrous political process would seal the window of opportunity forever."
Arieh Stav
Director of the Ariel Center for Policy Research

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on December 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this excellent collection of essays a variety of opinions are communicated to the reader, each sharing the one common theme, that a Palestinian state is a danger to Israel and the region. What is most extraordinary is the wide range of views presented and the depth of analysis that can be found here. Some of the examples include viewpoints expressed throughout the years by various experts and what truly dazzles the reader is just how prescient they are in light of current events in the region.

Yacov Hazan's assessment of the dangers, published in 1978 illustrate a number of these points. First he is far-sighted and his ideas timeless, but we also see just how much he, as a member of the left wing Mapam party, is permeated with the idea that "industrialization with solve everything." He makes the important point that every nation has differences between nomads, farmers and city-dwellers, but that this would not preclude the creation of a Palestinian state in Jordan.

Mordechai Nisan, an expert in minorities in the Muslim world, develops his view that by allowing the PLO to form a government in the West Bank Israel has invited the `Lebanonization' of Israel. Arieh Stav sheds light on the Palestinian state as Trojan horse, used by Egypt to prepare for a new war while forces of Islamic extremism cheer.

There are other articles as well illustrating the nature of the PLO covenant that is copied from Mien Kampf, the impact on America's role in the Middle East and the de-stabilizing nature of the Palestinians in the wider Arab respect.

There are other articles as well detailing some `solutions' to the problems facing Israel in a post-Oslo or post-Road Map world.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 7, 2006
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There is an outstanding review of this book already on this site by M.D. Roberts. I will only add a few words as the book was published in 2002 , and it is four years later.

It seems to me that the process which many of the writers in this anthology feared of a Palestinian state coming into being with Israel's agreement and under international auspices is much less likely today than it was four years ago. The election of Hamas to head the Palestinian Authority means that the Palestinians have rejected all former agreements with Israel, and all possibility of making real peace. Thus the Bush road-map plan to peace which would have led to a Palestinian state is finished.

As to the fundamental premise of this work that any Palestinian state within the land West of the Jordan would constitute, a great and perhaps , mortal danger to Israel, this seems to me difficult to deny.

Yet had there been conditions in which the Palestinians would have truly disarmed terrorists, halted their vicious propaganda war against Israel(So effectively described in this book by Itamar Marcus) and agreed to a demilitarized state living in peace alongside of Israel I believe a great majority of Jews would have accepted it. That is they would have gone against most of the experts in this book.

But that seems like a distant dream now.

And it is difficult to know where and how to look for anything like true peace in the situation we are now in.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. D Roberts on February 15, 2004
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This is an extremely interesting, well written study of the ongoing Middle East conflict from both a historical & political context, providing much information not readily revealed through the secular media.
Through a collection of essays, leading political analysts examine the question as to what kind of "strategic threat" any future Palestinian state would pose to the existence of the Jewish state of Israel. The reader is accorded a gripping study which will hold their attention throughout and a presentation that is recommended reading irrespective of the individual's stance on the subject.
The book investigates what it describes as the "debacle" of the Oslo Accords of 1993 and how they are cited as having fallen flat on their face when the Palestinians allegedly undertook to achieve by violence what they could not attain through negotiations.
Many issues are addressed including how the Israel public, which are portrayed as for the most part as having supported the "peace process" until that time but are now - through the ensuing death, misery & destruction - less and less inclined to allow the rise of what is cited here as a "rogue" Palestinian state in their midst.
The book begins by outlining the initial hope in Israel & amongst the International community, that once the PLO was recognised by Israel and the Palestinians were allowed to gradually gain control of "autonomous" territories, the Palestinians would behave like what the book calls a "responsible people", encourage dialogue, build requisite trust and embark upon a new road relinquishing terrorism and embracing negotiations & peace.
The book analyses how to the contrary, even after the "Gaza & Jericho first" phases of the "peace process", new terrorist operations were launched by the Palestinians against Israel.
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