Israel and the Palestinians: the bitter fruits of hegemonic peace
Robinson, Glenn E.
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The violence that erupted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the end of September 2000 came as no surprise to many observers. Warnings of trouble ahead had been issued repeatedly by many commentators. The path-breaking Israeli-Palestinian parliamentarian Azmi Bishara had warned once again in June that the "maximum Israel is prepared to compromise won't reach the minimum expectations of the Paletinians. I do not think it is either peace or war, but there is a confrontation coming." Even Yasir Arafat begged the Americans not to go forward with the Camp David summit in July because the parties were not yet ready to strike a final deal. If the summit failed, he argued, instability would almost certainly follow. His pleas fell on the deaf ears of an American team that was overly anxious to cut a final peace deal in the last days of Bill Clinton's presidency.