Europe

Authored by: Rosemary Hollis

The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415778626
eBook ISBN: 9780203079553
Adobe ISBN: 9781136160691

10.4324/9780203079553.ch28

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Abstract

European involvement in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has taken various forms over the last hundred years. Certainly the origins of the conflict cannot be understood without reference to racism, nationalism and war in Europe. The political contours of the whole Middle East region were determined by British and French imperial machinations between the 1920s and the 1950s. During the Cold War the superpowers became more instrumental, but when they took opposite sides in the 1967 Arab–Israeli war the Europeans adopted a range of positions somewhere in between.

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