From Republic to Empire

Israel and the Palestinians after 1948

Authored by: Arnon Degani

The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415742160
eBook ISBN: 9781315544816
Adobe ISBN: 9781134828470


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There is a degree of consensus among scholars of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most of them, even bitter ideological foes, tend to view Zionism and Palestinian nationalism as independent and antagonistic historical forces; they see their antagonism as capable of explaining the events that occurred between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River during more than a century. Scholars often differ on issues such as the respective authenticity or morality of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, yet most construct the two as state-centered movements, more or less unchanged by history. 1 The teleology of the current meta-narrative is apparent: the clash between Zionism and Palestinian nationalism is the cause of the conflict, it is the conflict and it contributes to its exacerbation.

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