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The Israel and Palestine land settlement problem, 1948–2005: An analytical history


  • Charles Rowley


  • Jennis Taylor



This paper traces the history of the current conflict between Israel and Palestine from 1948–2005 C.E. It focuses on the frontier conflict between Israel and Palestine, a conflict that has resulted in four major wars during the post-Second World War period, and that has left Israel as the occupying power over a large swathe of territory not allocated to it by the United Nations in 1947. It outlines the nature of the refugee problem in Palestine and neighboring Arab states, and defines the political problems posed both by relative Israel-Palestine population growth, and by the `right to return’ claim by ousted Palestinian Arabs. It reviews the political problems posed by religious extremism and theocratic government both in Israel and Palestine. It concludes with a brief discussion of the unpleasant alternatives left as the road map to peace disintegrates and outlines a preferred solution from the perspective of the advanced western nations. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

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  • Charles Rowley & Jennis Taylor, 2006. "The Israel and Palestine land settlement problem, 1948–2005: An analytical history," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 128(1), pages 77-90, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:128:y:2006:i:1:p:77-90
    DOI: 10.1007/s11127-006-9045-9

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    1. Steven Plaut, 2004. "Misplaced Applications of Economic Theory to the Middle East," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 118(1_2), pages 11-24, January.
    2. Tyler Cowen, 2004. "Response to Steven Plaut," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 118(1_2), pages 25-27, January.
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