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    • Der Zweifler
    • 13.12.09 | 18:09 (IST)

    In The Iron Cage, Rashid Khalidi examines why the Palestinians were unable to establish an independent state, and recognizes that it was due in part to "failures and incapacities" among the Palestinians and not simply external factors such as other "parties" including the British, French, and Soviet Union that Khalidi believes frustrated Palestinian aspirations to statehood. You are incorrect to blame the failure to attain Palestinian statehood only on the Israeli occupation. Khalidi points to many earlier factors such as "greater income disparities on the Arab side by comparison with the relatively egalitarian Yishuv," which divided Palestinian society (just one example) (p. 20).

    from the article: Netanyahu should admit Israel doesn't want peace
    First published 01:13 13.12.09 | Last updated 17:14 16.12.09
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