The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Reflections on the Politics of Stalemate

Co-edited with Karl Cordell and Brendan O’Leary, this special issue was published by Ethnopolitics (vol. 15, no. 4, 2016). The intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict provides the background for the debate in this collection. Brendan O’Leary’s lead piece begins from the premise that the status quo is neither morally acceptable nor sustainable. He offers no preference regarding any prescription in terms of either a one-state or two-state solution, but argues that solutions based upon (consociational) models of power-sharing merit serious examination by those parties who do have a commitment to achieving a morally acceptable and politically sustainable solution to the on-going crisis, whether that be within the context of a one-state or two-state solution. As such his introductory essay provides a platform for the other contributors to engage with, who in so doing, simultaneously and just as importantly offer their own insights with regard to potential solutions to the enduring impasse between Israelis and Palestinians. The volume closes with a short essay by O’Leary in which he reflects on the comments and contributions by Omar M. Dajani, Leila Farsakh, Omar Dahbour, Scott Lucas, Uriel Abulof, and Benjamin Miller.


August 2016