Palestinian Politics after Arafat

Palestinian Politics after Arafat

A Failed National Movement
As’ad Ghanem
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/4/2010
ISBN: 978-0-253-00401-7
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The Palestinian national movement reached a dead-end and came close to disintegration at the beginning of the present century. The struggle for power after the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004 signaled the end of a path toward statehood prepared by the Oslo Accords a decade before. The reasons for the failure of the movement are deeply rooted in modern Palestinian history. As'ad Ghanem analyzes the internal and external events that unfolded as the Palestinian national movement became a "failed national movement," marked by internecine struggle and collapse, the failure to secure establishment of a separate state and achieve a stable peace with Israel, and the movement's declining stature within the Arab world and the international community.

Author Bio

As'ad Ghanem is Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science, University of Haifa. He is author of The Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel: A Political Study and The Palestinian Regime: A "Partial Democracy."


"A valuable source on Palestinian Politics in the post-Oslo accords period." —Emile Sahliyeh, University of North Texas

"[Ghanem] presents an empirically informed, engaging narrative of the highly personal, corrupt rule of Yasser Arafat, the repeated but unsuccessful attempts to reform the PLO since the early 1970s, and the political struggles within Fatah and between Fatah and Hamas following the death of Arafat in 2004. Ghanem's insightful analysis is particularly valuable for understanding the conflict between Fatah and Hamas between 2004 and 2007. . . Recommended." —
Choice , September 2010

"[This book] is a welcome addition to the literature on the Palestinian national movement, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the Middle East peace process. . . . It is highly recommended for readers seeking a better understanding of the history and current state of Palestinian politics." —

"[Author] . . . Ghanem lays the blame for the failed [peace] process on both the Israelis and the Palestinians, but goes a step further, claiming that the Palestinian national movement has reached the end of its political and organizational road." —Bustan: The Middle East Book Review

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Theoretical Framework and Historical Background
1. The Israeli Post-Oslo Strategy: The Demographic Threat and the Shift from Conflict Resolution to Conflict Management
2. Israeli Public Attitudes toward Peace with the Palestinians: Which Peace?
3. Arafat's Heritage of Political Control
4. The Politics of Reform in the Palestinian National Authority
5. Palestinians in Search of Authoritative Leadership after Arafat
6. The Empowerment of Hamas and the Outbreak of Palestinian Infighting
Conclusion: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

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