In the near 20 years since the Oslo peace process began, Palestinians have suffered losses—socially, economically and politically—arguably not seen since 1948. This altered reality has, in recent years, been shaped by critical paradigm shifts in the way the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is understood and addressed. These shifts, particularly with regard to international acceptance of Palestine's territorial fragmentation, the imperative of ending Israel's occupation, the de facto annexation of West Bank lands to Israel, and the transformation of Palestinians into a humanitarian issue—have redefined the way the world views the conflict, diminishing the possibility of a political resolution.
Reconceptualizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Key Paradigm Shifts
Sara Roy is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, and author, most recently, of Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector (Princeton University Press, 2011).
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Sara Roy; Reconceptualizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Key Paradigm Shifts. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 June 2012; 41 (3): 71–91. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2012.XLI.3.71
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