Dr. Zach Levey
This course deals with the conflict in both historical and contemporary terms. The first part of the course deals with the growing clash between the Zionist Yishuv and Arabs of Palestine, examining its transformation into long-term confrontation between Israel and the Arab states. We will begin by examining the roots of Arab and Jewish nationalism, rival claims to Palestine, and the rise of conflict during the British Mandate period.
The second and main part of this course covers the years 1947-1987, analyzing the causes and effects of six wars between Israel and the Arab states; 1948, 1956, 1967, 1969-70, 1973, and 1982. Emphasis is on regional and global factors, such as inter-Arab rivalry and the Cold War, but includes an examination of the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement in 1979.
The third part begins with the Palestinian intifada of 1987-1993 and 1993 Oslo Accords. The course concludes with an examination of the conflict since the mid-1990s; topics included in the last meetings are Hizballah and the 2006 war and the rise of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Discipline: POL, HIST