The geopolitics of peacemaking in Israel-Palestine

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Abstract

The study of the Israel-Palestine conflict is a live laboratory for political geographers and this is reflected in a number of studies undertaken by Saul Cohen during his career. Despite the recent collapse of the Israel-Palestine peace process, the ongoing attempts at conflict resolution continue to focus on the territorial dimensions of the conflict. All attempts to configure State territories which are acceptable to both sides must take account not only of the tangible dimensions of boundary demarcation and strategic sites, but also the symbolic aspects of territory and the way in which such territories are part of the process through which national identities are constructed and maintained. Notions of territorial partition remain much the same as they were prior to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. However, the changing demographic and settlement realities that have emerged during this period have resulted in the creation of new facts on the ground which must constantly be re-fed into the negotiation process at any given time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-646
Number of pages18
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Jun 2002

Keywords

  • Boundary demarcation
  • Israel/Palestine peace process
  • Territory
  • West Bank

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