The First Intifada: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Was Transformed

What began as a series of local demonstrations shifted the focal point of the Palestinian national struggle from the 'outside' to the 'inside'.

The first intifada erupted 25 years ago. What started as local demonstrations snowballed into a sweeping popular uprising that did not die down until the convening of the Madrid peace conference at the end of 1991. The intifada reinvigorated the Palestine Liberation Organization, which was at a low ebb in its history after its forced evacuation from Lebanon and the concomitant loss of the military and political...