Trapped Fools: Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories

Trapped Fools: Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories

Trapped Fools: Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories

Trapped Fools: Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories

Synopsis

"An uncompromising study of the background to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict An important book for both Israeli, Palestinian and Arab readers as well as the general book buying public."

Excerpt

I decided to write about this subject for two reasons. First, the great interest in what goes on in the Israeli-occupied Territories, which hasn't faded over the years. Even today, when Israelis and Palestinians are trying to reach an agreed political solution, the subject is extremely important. Israel's policy and experience in the Territories in the past 30 years are bound to influence the options for a resolution in every matter on the joint agenda. Understanding Israel's policy in the Territories, while reviewing the important developments in the years of Israel's military and civilian rule in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, make the components of the Arab-Israeli conflict clear, including the complex problems facing the parties as they strive for a settlement.

The second reason is my personal involvement. I was the Israeli Government's coordinator of activities in the Territories for nearly seven years. As the first person to serve in that role I took part in formulating the contents of the job as well as participating in the Israeli decision-making process during the first years when the essentials of Israel's policy towards the Palestinian population in the Territories were shaped.

I got the job almost by accident. When the assignment was given to me I was devoid of prior experience in, and understanding or knowledge of managing a hostile occupied population. I acquired my experience the hard way, through action, learning by trial and error. In retrospect, it was the most challenging job I had in my 36 years of service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). When discussing Israel's characteristics as an occupying state, it is important to stress at least two salient differences between the Israeli occupation and most historic examples of military occupiers. The first and most important difference is in the ideological, emotional, historic and

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