Israel/Palestine: How To End the War of 1948

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by Tanya Reinhart

Seven Stories Press

2002, paperback

SKU: 9781583225387


In Israel/Palestine, Reinhart traces the development of the Security Barrier and Israel's new doctrine of "disengagement," launched in response to a looming Palestinian-majority population. Examining the official record of recent diplomacy, including United States–brokered accords and talks at Camp David, Oslo, and Taba, Reinhart explores the fundamental power imbalances between the negotiating parties and identifies Israel's strategy of creating facts on the ground to define and complicate the terms of any future settlement.


"[an] excellent book" —Yitzhak Laor, Haaretz (Israel)

"Reinhart accomplishes the formidable task of adding insight to a subject that is written about endlessly." —The Nation

"Tanya Reinhart's Israel/Palestine is the most devastating critique now available of Israel's policy toward the Palestinian people. Written with urgency and an unflinching clarity, it deserves to be read by every American who, unknowingly perhaps, has been subsidizing Israel's 35-yea-old military occupation. Today Palestinians face either ethnic cleansing or apartheid. Reinhart compellingly shows why and how both must be opposed." —Edward W. Said

"Tanya Reinhart's informative and chilling analysis could hardly be more timely. It should be read and considered with care, and taken very seriously." —Noam Chomsky

"Tanya Reinhart is an Israeli scholar who is known for her works in linguistics, but also as the author of a biweekly column in the daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot. Her book demonstrates the hoax suffered by the Palestinians, sometimes with the complicity of their own Authority. It also shows that, behind the semantic and cartographic contortions, the main objective of the Israeli governments has been to give up as little as possible and to accept but a truncated Palestinian autonomy. According to her, the solution is simple: 'In order to initiate true negotiations, Israel has to withdraw unilaterally' from the occupied Palestinian territories." —Le Monde

"Dense and precise." —Agns Gruda, La Presse

"Essential information … brutally honest." —David Finkel, Against the Current

Tanya Reinhart is a professor of linguistics and cultural studies at Tel Aviv University and at the University of Utrecht. She is most well known academically for her contribution to theoretical linguistics. In 1994, following the Oslo agreements-which she viewed as a painful deception of the Palestinian people-and the setting of a sophisticated Apartheid regime, she turned to political writing. She has had a regular critical column in the biggest Israeli daily, Yediot Aharonot, as well as many articles on the Internet and international fora.