Israel’s Perceptions of the PLO: From Recognition to the ‘No Partner’ Paradigm

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The widespread conception within Israel that there is ‘no partner’ for peace on the Palestinian side lies in the failure to distinguish between the recognition of the State of Israel and recognizing it as a Jewish state. Seeking the PLO to explicitly recognize the State of Israel on the eve of the signing of the Declaration of Principles had transformed into the demand to recognize Israel as the Jewish state as the prerequisite for final status negotiations. While the former was an essential precondition for the Oslo accords, the latter is highly controversial and mirrors a disputed ideological stand between Israel and the Palestinians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-370
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Review of the Middle East
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Declaration of Principles
  • Jewish state
  • Mandate Palestine
  • Oslo Process
  • Palestinian Authority
  • PLO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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