Written by Professor Avraham Sela for Haaretz, Israel’s left-leaning newspaper, this thorough article analyzes how the First Intifada influenced the future of the Arab-Israeli conflict, shifting it from an international to an internal ethno-national conflict. The article explores the “Palestinization” of the conflict, discussing the relationship between the Palestinian leadership and the Arab nations, the character and relationship between different Palestinian organizations, and the political rift between Arab Israelis and Palestinians. It also outlines the causes and development of the First Intifada and its impact on the Peace Process, Israeli ideology, and the IDF. Sela is a senior lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a research fellow of the university’s Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace.
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