The size and intensity of the Israeli army's operations since 2000 as well as the unprecedented scale of settlement construction brought about a qualitative change in the relationship between Palestinians and Israelis, altering it, Klein argues, from a border conflict to an ethnic struggle, pure and simple. Jewish Israel has now established its ethno-security regime over the whole area, from Jordan to the Mediterranean, a process that was accelerated and facilitated by election results in Israel, the United States and the Palestinian Authority. Arguing against the prevailing wisdom, which describes Israel's control system as merely one of 'occupation', in The Shift Klein contends that it is based now on twin ethnic and security pillars and seeks to include Israeli citizens of Palestinian origin. The core of his book examines the current ruling structure of the shrinking Jewish majority over the almost majority Palestinians and its different levels: Israeli Palestinian citizens, the residents of Jerusalem, the two West Bank groups divided by the Separation Barrier and those living under siege in the Gaza Strip. The Shift is based on primary sources and data that usually are published separately. Klein weaves them into his ground-breaking book, offering the reader a comprehensive portrayal of the on-the-ground realities and providing a new framework for understanding the status of the durable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its history, and its likely future course.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 144
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'The strongest part of the book is the material and analysis on the settlers and how they are stitched into the military and bureaucratic structures on both sides of the 1967 border. We get a sense of the ideological forces from below that drive radical settlers, but also a sense of the powerful political and military structures that enable them to continue to expand.' * John Chalcraft, LSE *
'A brilliant and compelling account of the hard ground truths that now shape the Israeli-Palestinian struggle and seem to preclude a happy outcome. ... if you still believe in the possibility of Israeli-Palestinian peace, and especially if you don't, this book is for you.' * Aaron David Miller, author of The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace *
'This dense little book, a fact-filled account of Israel and the Palestinians since the June 1967 war, treats not peace-process politics but actual developments on the ground. - Klein likens Israeli control of the Palestinians to colonialism, with striking comparisons to Algeria under French rule. He hits another hot button in arguing cogently that the system amounts to apartheid, but a softer apartheid than prevailed in South Africa.' * Foreign Affairs *