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Doves Among HawksStruggles of the Israeli Peace Movements$
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Samy Cohen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190947903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190947903.001.0001

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From the Dream of Peace to the Grip of Fear

From the Dream of Peace to the Grip of Fear

(p.159) 7 From the Dream of Peace to the Grip of Fear
Doves Among Hawks

Samy Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter tries to take stock of half a century of activism by the dovish left. The peace camp promised peace but has failed to deliver it. Many Israelis no longer believe it is possible to undo everything that the various governments, right and left alike, have done in terms of building settlements. An analysis of the trajectory of the peace camp since the 1960s shows “however” a more nuanced picture. Peace movements did help to change attitudes. They can take credit for eroding the systematic hostility toward recognizing the Palestinian aspiration to nationhood and bringing around the most moderate Israelis, those unhappy with maintaining the status quo, to the idea of the two-state solution. Recognition of Palestinian nationhood became a reality. The majority of Israelis have come around to supporting the two-state solution. Another achievement to put on the dovish left's scorecard: many Israelis wanted to take charge of their future, “to do something concrete,” and to make themselves useful without waiting for policymakers to get around to reaching a peace agreement. In these respects, the Israeli peace camp has quite a respectable track record.

Keywords:   Peace movements, Israeli society, Israeli right, Democratic values, West Bank settlers, Zionists, Two-State Solution

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