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Ellis Goldberg
POL S 325
Seattle Campus

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

The politics of conflicting ideologies: Zionism and Arab nationalism; formation of the state of Israel; development of Palestinian nationalism; Arab-Israeli wars. Re-emergence of Palestinian activism; domestic sources of foreign policy; the role of the superpowers.

Class description

Description: This course will examine the Arab-Israeli conflict during this century as a process with three distinct phases. The first phase lasted from about 1905 to 1948 and was primarily a conflict between Jewish immigrants and Palestinian Arabs to create basic institutions of a state. The second phase, from 1949 to 1984, was primarily a conflict between existing states. The third phase, from 1985 to the present has again become a conflict between a Palestinian community in the West Bank/Gaza and Israel over the creation of new state institutions. The basic institutions of a state include the armed forces, central bureaucracies, representative institutions and legal systems which undertake the substantive tasks of defining property rights, allocating goods, and adjudicating conflicts. The Arab-Israeli conflict is thus properly several conflicts, between the Zionist and Palestinian movements, between Israel and the surrounding Arab states, and between the Palestine Authority and Israel.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Text: Righteous Victims, Benny Morris; Palestine and the Palestinians, Samih Farsoun; Rubber Bullets, Yaron Ezrahi; Drinking the Sea at Gaza, Amira Hass.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments & Grades: Based on results from two quizzes (each will take 50 minutes and together they will be worth 30% of the total grade), one 3-page response paper and section participation (15% of the total grade) and a final examination (55% of the total grade). The quizzes will be given in section not during the regular lecture period.


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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 06/30/2004