"A magisterial study by the leading Israeli scholar of Palestine."—New York Review of Books
The simplistic attitude that reduces the various conceptions in the modern Palestinian national thinking into stereotypical dictums, such as “the overall aim of all the Palestinians is to liquidate the state of Israel,” instills perhaps a superfluous sense of meaning but it does not accomodate with the development of the historical reality. The reader of this book will find that the Palestinian national attitudes have departed from the original unanimity as far as means and aims are concerned. A discrepancy has emerged between their ideal aspirations and their perceptions of what can be achieved.
Based mainly on primary Arabic sources, this book delves into the cognitive dissonances created since the 1967 War and their bearing on the Palestinans’ self-images and on their perceptions vis a vis Israel as the intimate adversary. It shows that in spite of the authenticity of the Palestinian transformations, they might be reversible if they are not acknowledged and responded to by Israel and the international community.
Matti Steinberg lectured in Israel at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and abroad at Princeton University and at Heidelberg University. Between the years 1996-2003 he served as senior advisor to the heads of various intelligence branches in Israel.
Distributed for Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies