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In Israel/Palestine, Reinhart traces the development of the Security Barrier and Israel's new doctrine of "disengagement," launched in response to a looming Palestinian-majority population. Examining the official record of recent diplomacy, including United States–brokered accords and talks at Camp David, Oslo, and Taba, Reinhart explores the fundamental power imbalances between the negotiating parties and identifies Israel's strategy of creating facts on the ground to define and complicate the terms of any future settlement.

In this indispensable primer, Reinhart's searing insight illuminates the current conflict and suggests a path toward change.

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“[An] excellent book.”

“ "Reinhart accomplishes the formidable task of adding insight to a subject that is written about endlessly." ”

“Tanya Reinhart's Israel/Palestine is the most devastating critique now available of Israel's policy toward the Palestinian people. Written with urgency and an unflinching clarity, it deserves to be read by every American who, unknowingly perhaps, has been subsidizing Israel's 35-yea-old military occupation. Today Palestinians face either ethnic cleansing or apartheid. Reinhart compellingly shows why and how both must be opposed.”

“Tanya Reinhart's informative and chilling analysis could hardly be more timely. It should be read and considered with care, and taken very seriously.”

“Tanya Reinhart is an Israeli scholar who is known for her works in linguistics, but also as the author of a biweekly column in the daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot. Her book demonstrates the hoax suffered by the Palestinians, sometimes with the complicity of their own Authority. It also shows that, behind the semantic and cartographic contortions, the main objective of the Israeli governments has been to give up as little as possible and to accept but a truncated Palestinian autonomy. According to her, the solution is simple: 'In order to initiate true negotiations, Israel has to withdraw unilaterally' from the occupied Palestinian territories.”

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Born in 1943 in what is now the state of Israel, Tanya Reinhart received a BA in Hebrew literature and philosophy and an MA in comparative literature and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, before receiving her PhD in linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied under Noam Chomsky. A highly accomplished cognitive linguist, she became better known in Israel for her fervent and unwavering criticism of that state’s military tactics and diplomatic dissimulation. Reinhart taught and published on art, literature and media studies; protested vigorously against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon and its continued annexation of Palestinian land; and held visiting professorships at Columbia University, the University of Utrecht, and the University of Paris. After losing her academic position at Tel Aviv University, where she had taught for more than twenty years, Reinhart was immediately offered a full-time position at New York University in 2006. She died in her sleep in Montauk, NY in 2007.