Compromising Palestine: A Guide to Final Status Negotiations by Aharon Klieman

By Aharon Klieman

In reaction to the demanding situations of bringing the tenacious Israeli-Palestinian clash to an finish, many have provided grand historic views, obscure formulation, or visionary new proposals. Aharon Klieman, besides the fact that, is going past summary reflections to provide a transparent and sensible evaluation of which concerns can be vital within the upcoming negotiations, and why. on the best of his checklist is the partitionist technique of dividing land via political and territorial compromise.

Territorial partition--an suggestion circulating for over sixty years--becomes extra favorite now, in keeping with Klieman, and is the one conceivable choice (if any) for finishing the clash. Compromising Palestine argues that whereas the Oslo peace accords are a massive assertion of ideas and supply a mechanism for peace, they're singularly ambiguous and don't offer tangible recommendations, which has to be sought via functional compromises and urban plans to the letter via either side.

Falling among huge normal dialogue and genuine operational plans, this concise, basically centred, and fantastically written booklet will supply a truly important reference element for a person following the peace process--whether educational, coverage maker, or basic reader--and will give a contribution to the standard of research at every one level of the controversy throughout the the most important ultimate prestige period.

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Because our concern is restricted to the Israeli-Arab conflict, so is the discussion limited to the single category of intercommunal strife between rival nationalisms inside a defined geopolitical domain, with title to the land itself lying at the heart of the dispute. Peace Constructs: The Menu Conflict studies and peace research really yield a total of only four reductionist models for the adjustment of territorial-based nationalist struggles short of armed conflict ending in unilateral victory or defeat.

Interestingly, this studied silence finds an echo in the theoretical literature on peacemaking and conflict resolution where the critical importance of peace constructs tends to be downplayed. Indeed, it often goes unmentioned, even in the more extensive and itemized listings of what goes in to making for ripeness. Whether because premature, too contentious, or both, it has been deemed prudent to wrap the essential nature of the final settlement and its geopolitical configuration in layers of constructive ambiguity while deferring their delineation and unveiling to a later, and of course unspecified, stage.

But, fourth, in order to be workable in the fullest sense, the said solution must also be freely entered into by the two or more consenting parties. This insistence upon voluntary agreement expressly disqualifies any imposed solution or diktat. Which relates, in turn, to a fifth, and final, stipulation: not an iron-clad guarantee but at least reasonable assurances of finality. ” In this sense, again, shorter-term “stability” is not entirely consistent with true conflict “resolution,” where reasonable prospects are sought for normalization in relations between former enemies now turned neighbors.

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