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Israel's Occupation$
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Neve Gordon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520255302

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520255302.001.0001

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(p.223) Epilogue
Israel's Occupation

Neve Gordon

University of California Press

This epilogue briefly discusses what might lie ahead. It argues that the fragmentation of Palestinian society is inimical to Israel's own interests. The rise of Islamic fundamentalism is only one part of the problem. One has to be extremely shortsighted not to see how the absence of a united Palestinian leadership will undermine all efforts to bring about local and regional peace. But even if the Palestinians overcome the internal feuds, the conflict with Israel still has to be resolved in order for any kind of peace agreement to emerge. The only tenable way to solve the conflict is by addressing the occupation's structural contradictions. Any attempt to reach or impose a solution to the conflict without reuniting the Palestinian people and their land, and offering them full sovereignty over that land, including a monopoly over legitimate violence and the means of movement, will ultimately lead to more contradictions, and the cycle of violence will surely resume.

Keywords:   Islamic fundamentalism, Israel–Palestinian conflict, social fragmentation, peace, occupation

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