After Oslo: The Present Phase of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Avishai Ehrlich


The issues of demography, refugees, and ethnic cleansing are as central to
most ethnonationalist conflicts as they are to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Settlement of the refugee problem is a sine qua non for Palestinian agreement
to end the conflict. The return of Palestinian refugees into Israel, however,
arouses deep fears among Israelis. Palestinians view themselves as victims of
past expulsions and are anxious about another possible ethnic cleansing.
Demographic ratios between the protagonists — as well as processes or events
which may significantly alter them — are therefore pivotal.

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Studies in Political Economy:
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