The Shift

Title:                      The Shift

Author:                 Menachem Klein

Klein, Menachem (2010). The Shift: Israel-Palestine From Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict by Menachem Klein New York, NY: Columbia University Press

LCCN:    2010029992

DS119.76 .K518 2010


Date Updated:  February 21, 2017

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai, Ph. D.[1]

A highly insightful examination of the consequences of Israeli policies in the disputed West Bank territory since 2000—especially the widespread construction of Jewish settlements—which the author believes have transformed what was previously a border conflict between Israelis and Palestinians into an ethnic struggle between the two communities over the same territory. The author points out that it is easier to resolve a border conflict than one based on rival ethnicities, requiring new thinking about new approaches to resolve such deep seated conflicts, with a two-state compromise as the most viable road to a long-term peaceful settlement.

[1] Sinai, Joshua in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 2, Fall/Winter, 2013,  p. 122). These reviews present books which examine national security issues that need to be considered in terrorism and counterterrorism analysis. Joshua Sinai is a Washington, DC-based consultant on counterterrorism studies. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@


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