Justice and peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov, Arie Marcelo Kacowicz (Editor)

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"In this book, the late Prof. Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov argues that the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process so far has been mainly the result of the inability of both sides to reach an agreed formula for linking justice to peace. The issues of justice and injustice are focused mainly on the outcomes of the 1947-1949 first Arab-Israeli War and specifically in the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem. The conflicting historical narratives of the two sides regarding the question of responsibility for the injustice done to the Palestinians turn the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a classic case of linking the issues of justice and peace. Given that the two sides often define the conflict in terms of injustice and unfairness, these issues have particular relevance for the peace process, and this is what makes dealing with them as barriers to the resolution of the conflict so problematic. Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov argues that the link between justice and peace is an important issue requiring both sides' attention, but, given the wide and currently unbridgeable gap separating the two sides, it should be postponed to the phase of reconciliation rather than being included in the process of conflict resolution. The two-state solution is endorsed as the best and practical solution and as a first step for a "just peace" in this conflict, to be followed by reconciliation. Highly topical, this book is essential reading for scholars and researchers of International Relations, Peace Studies and the Arab-Israeli conflict"--Provided by publisher.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages158
ISBN (Print)1138024848, 1138024856, 1315775476, 9781138024847, 9781138024854, 9781315775470, 9781317687535, 9781317687542, 9781317687559
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameUCLA center for Middle East development (CMED) series

Bibliographical note

"In memory of Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov and Ronit Bar-Siman-Tov".


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