By U. Ben-Eliezer
The publication presents a accomplished sociological and cultural clarification of Israel's politics towards the Palestinians, overlaying the interval of the Oslo Accords and the second one Intifada and concentrating on the concept that of a 'new conflict' that's an outgrowth of inner family inside Israel itself and the diversionary politics of its management.
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Extra info for Old Conflict, New War: Israel’s Politics toward the Palestinians
The Lebanon incursion was the first war fought by the IDF that the Israeli public perceived as a “war of choice” in which Israel was not existentially threatened (Schiff and Ya’ari, 1984; Yariv, 1985). The war also gave rise to new phenomena that had not existed in the era of the nation-in-arms: peace movements that bypassed party politics and I n t e r n a l St rug g l e a r ou n d O s l o A g r e e m e n t s 31 launched groundbreaking collective action involving protests against the war. ” Women in Black, for example, not only protested against the occupation, but also challenged the patriarchal order that rested on the destructive elements of force, and its subversion of the apparently inviolable connection between masculinity and soldiering, which the nation-in-arms model had cultivated (Helman and Rapoport, 1997; Helman, 1998).
42 The rabbis’ formulation revealed the overt and unmistakable penetration of a racist element into the new national-religious discourse. 43 As the demonstrations by the agreement’s opponents escalated, another difference between the two camps loomed larger. This was the fact that the government, facing a well-organized, determined, militant opposition camp, did not have at its side an active, militant, cohesive, socially aware civil society. Of course, this was not the first time that forces of peace in a democratic society could not effectively counter aggressive opponents who balked at nothing to achieve their goals.
However, I do not share the simplistic assumption of some of these works that see the occupation as a fait accompli and an irreversible enterprise. As this book will demonstrate, reality is more complex. When assessing the chances of Israel ever making peace with the Palestinians, one should take into consideration both the external pressures on Israel and the internal struggles over identity and sovereignty. Both of these issues validate our categorization of the Al-Aqsa Intifada as a new war.
Old Conflict, New War: Israel’s Politics toward the Palestinians by U. Ben-Eliezer