Vol. 6 No. 2 , 1999
Towards Statehood
During Israel's election campaign, in May 1999, thousands of car stickers proclaimed: "Israel wants a change, with Ehud Barak." The new prime minister was elected because he promised that change in all aspects of Israeli life, both externally and internally. Barak promised to change Israel's priorities: to restart the peace process put on hold by Netanyahu, to invest in education and the creation of jobs, instead of pouring money into settlement expansion and in extending rabbinical schools. Put in power by a strong majority (56%), Barak has now to make good on his promises. Will he? Can he do it with a coalition government comprising both right and left, a pro settlement party such as the nationalist-religious Mafdal, and resolute pro peace advocates such as Meretz? Will he be able to reconcile the views of those who, like Shas, put rabbinical pronouncements above the Supreme Court's judgments, and of those who see in the rule of secular law the cornerstone of a free, democratic soci
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Table of Contents
  1. A Palestinian State As a Natural Outcome of the Peace Process ( )

    By Nazmi Ju’beh Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  2. A Time for Change ( )

    By Victor Cygielman Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  3. Focus
  4. The Changing Meaning of Statehood in PLO Ideology and Practice ( )
    How the PW changed from dependence on its Arab patrons in the early 19605 to independent decision-making, and from the concept of liberating the whole of Palestine to a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
    By Hussam Mohamad Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  5. A Palestinian State in Zionist and Israeli Thought ( )
    The Zionist attitude to the Palestinians was historically ambivalent and pragmatic. Now Israeli support for a mini-state of Palestine is unacceptable to most Palestinians.
    By Ilan Pappe Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  6. Separation, Confederation or Binationalism ( )
    Assuming the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, the writers discuss the three options for the political future of Israel and Palestine.
    By Simcha Bahiri and Hanna Siniora Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  7. The Struggle for a Jewish State ( )
    An account of the period which started with the V.N. partition of the proposal of May 15, 1947 and ended with the declaration of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948
    By Walter Laqueur Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  8. Europe and the Conflict: A Palestinian Perspective ( )
    A survey of the historical inter-relationship between Europe and the Palestinians.
    By Imad Ghiyatha Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  9. Binationalism: A Bridge over the Chasm ( )
    In Zionist history, the binational idea was a genuine, though unsuccessful, attempt to reconcile Palestinian and Israeli aspirations in a common political framework.
    By Dan Leon Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  10. An Islamic Perspective on Palestinian Statehood ( )
    The Islamic position on a Palestinian state in terms of the state‘s relations with Israel and its relationship with the shari‘a.
    By Mustafa Abu-Sway Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  11. Roundtable
  12. The Territorial Question Is Crucial ( )
    A special Palestine-Israel Journal discussion with Prof. Camille Mansour, Prof. Musa Budeiri, Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem, veteran journalist Gideon Levy, and Dr. Gershon Baskin.
    Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  13. Viewpoint
  14. Getting Out of the Tunnel towards an Alternative Strategy ( )
    Unless Israel frees itself from a fossilized world view based in concepts divorced from reality, it will miss the chance to become a developed country in the 21st century.
    By Zvi Kesseh Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  15. Undefined Borders: A New Concept in International Affairs ( )
    Palestinian statehood is overdue. A state can have its place in the world without having to define its borders.
    By Jumana Jaouni Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  16. Book Review
  17. Israeli Society and the Use of Force ( )
    Rubber Bullets: Power and Conscience in Modem Israel by Yaron Ezrahi,reviewed by Richard Clarke How the collective Israeli conscience coped with the moral and political implications on Israeli society of the occupation.
    Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  18. Economics
  19. A U.N. Report Economic Conditions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip ( )
    A U.N. report on economic and social conditions in the West bank and Gaza Strip in 1998.
    Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  20. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  21. Toil-A poem ( )

    By Avraham Shlonsky Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  22. Three poems ( )

    By Mahmoud Darwish Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  23. Documents
  24. The Venice Declaration ( )
    June 13, 1980
    Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  25. The Berlin European Council- Presidency Conclusions ( )
    March 24 & 25, 1999
    Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  26. The Israeli Elections ( )
    May 17, 1999
    Vol. 6 No. 2 1999
  27. Chronology of Events
  28. January 1, 1999 to April 1, 1999 ( )
    Edited by Najat Hirbawi
    Vol. 6 No. 2 1999

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