Western interests, Israeli unilateralism, and the two-state solution

Neve Gordon*, Yinon Cohen

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Abstract

This essay analyzes the impact of Israeli unilateralism-specifically that of its settlement project-on the two-state solution. After exploring the relationship between unilateralism and power, the authors show, inter alia, that in-migration has accounted for about half the settlement growth since the international embrace of the land-forpeace formula in 1991, that the level of in-migration does not fluctuate according to government composition (right or left), and that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have spurred rather than inhibited settlement expansion. The essay is framed by a contrast with the Palestinian bid for full UN membership, rejected as unilateralism by the Western powers but in fact aimed at undercutting Israeli unilateralism and creating the conditions for meaningful negotiations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-18
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Palestine Studies
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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