The bi-national idea in Israel/Palestine: Past and present

Tamar Hermann

פרסום מחקרי: פרסום בכתב עתסקירהביקורת עמיתים


This article reviews four different advocacies of bi-nationalism in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite the differences in their context, content and style, let alone in motivations and implications, the four advocacies - the 'old school' and the 'new school' of Jewish bi-nationalism, contemporary Palestinian bi-nationalism, and bi-nationalist advocacy that comes from outside observers - present certain similarities which reduce their chances of becoming a mainstream option: (a) in all cases bi-nationalism is not the most desirable option; (b) they all gained momentum on both sides in periods of instability - due to transformations in the power relations between them or when the conflict reaches a point where the violence seems to become unbearable; (c) all these bi-nationalisms present a rather uneasy mixture of moralistic arguments and pragmatic ones; (d) in all cases the people who embrace the bi-national model are intellectuals. This gives their recommendations a touch of 'ivory tower' overrationalisation, further reducing thier public appeal.

שפה מקוריתאנגלית
עמודים (מ-עד)381-402
מספר עמודים22
כתב עתNations and Nationalism
מספר גיליון3
מזהי עצם דיגיטלי (DOIs)
סטטוס פרסוםפורסם - יולי 2005

הערה ביבליוגרפית

Appeared also in "Arab-Israeli Conflict" IV (2009) 433-455.

RAMBI publications

  • rambi
  • National characteristics, Israeli
  • State, The -- Philosophy
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1948-
  • Zionism -- Philosophy
  • Israel -- History -- Philosophy

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