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The Palestinians: In Search of a Just Peace

Cheryl A. Rubenberg
The Palestinians: In Search of a Just Peace
ISBN: 978-1-58826-200-4
ISBN: 978-1-58826-225-7
2003/504 pages/LC: 2003041422

"Rubenberg's book is 'must reading' for anyone who wants to understand the Palestinians, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a whole."—John Quigley, Shofar

"A riveting and well-documented resource for anyone seeking a veritable research goldmine of resources regarding the Palestinian conflict."—ASIL Newsletter

"May be the most comprehensive overview available about the plight of the Palestinians in the post-Oslo period. The book is a must-read for those wishing to understand both the politics of the ongoing struggle and, in particular, its impact on the ground.... Extraordinarily well-researched and well-documented."—Stephen Zunes, Journal of Palestine Studies

"Readers interested in getting beyond partisan and simplistic analyses of this conflict will be richly rewarded by this book, which tells a story not widely understood."—Karl K. Barbir, Multicultural Review

"This is the best book to date in English on why Oslo failed."—Glenn E. Robinson, Middle East Journal

An excellent job of analyzing the post-Oslo Palestinian predicament within the context of recent historical developments. Highly recommended."—Choice

"A superb history of the post-Oslo developments in Palestinian-Israeli relations. An excellent source for all academic and public libraries." —Library Journal

"This is a ground breaking work of meticulous research and perceptive insight that will render it a classic and required reading."—Naseer H. Aruri, University of Masschusetts

"Anyone who wants to understand why the peace process in Israel and Palestine has gone astray—and where it ought to go—should refer to this book as an essential guide."—Ilan Pappe, Haifa University

"Based on impeccable research, The Palestinians is a major contribution to our understanding of the current situation in the Israeli-held Occupied Territories."—Janice J. Terry, Eastern Michigan University

"The Palestinians will become a classic account of the post-Oslo process. Rubenberg builds on uniquely solid foundations to construct an informative (and even passionate) narrative that willbe valued by scholars, students, and lay readers alike."—As'ad AbuKhalil, California State University, Stanislaus


More than ten years after the Oslo Accords were heralded as the first step toward the resolution of a century of conflict, the Palestinians seem further from realizing their aspirations for self-determination than at any time since 1967. What explains the dismal failure of the post-Oslo peace process? What propels the prolonged and devastating upheaval known as the al-Aqsa intifada? Addressing these and other crucial questions, Cheryl Rubenberg offers a forceful, penetrating critique of the Oslo Accords and their aftermath.


The late Cheryl A. Rubenberg was an independent analyst and former associate professor of political science at Florida International University.


  • The Past as Prologue.
  • Accords and Agreements: Whither Peace?
  • Life in the Occupied Territories.
  • Hebron: Cauldron of Hate.
  • Jerusalem: City of Light, City of Darkness.
  • The Palestinian Authority: Politics, Corruption, and Repression.
  • Fateful Triangle: The Palestinians, Israel, and the United States.
  • The al-Aqsa Intifada: Despair Manifest.
  • A Future for the Palestinians?

A related title: Palestinian Refugees: Mythology, Identity, and the Search for Peace by Robert Bowker.