16th August 2023

Book in Focus
Development of the Roadmap of Political Zionism in the State of Israel

By Mari Carmen Forriol

I felt the need to write this book after having published, in Spanish, the book entitled La violencia en el conflicto palestino israelí. La separación de dos pueblos (Violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The separation of two peoples), because I realised that the people who read that book did not seem to understand the main origin of not only the Israeli conflict, but also the Arab-Israeli conflict.

This is a book that I have tried to write with complete objectivity, drawing on both pro- and non-Zionist Israeli and Palestinian sources, interviews with Israeli figures such as Shlomo Ben Ami and Palestinian figures such as Musa Amer Odeh, and observations made during my trip to Israel.

The research methodology used in the preparation of this book has been qualitative and cascading. This is because, on the one hand, observation and analysis have been used in the collection of non-numerical data, and on the other hand, a sequential order has been followed in the development of the research and, by extension, the chapters.

The key findings made by the author of this book are as follows.

Firstly, the Israelis are not solely responsible for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, although they are the promoters.

Secondly, both the Israelis and the Palestinians (Hamas and the NPA) have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against each other. In the case of Israel, in addition to carrying out armed reprisals, it has violated the human, political, legal and economic rights of the Palestinian people in the development of its Zionist colonisation project. In the case of Hamas and other jihadist organisations such as Islamic Jihad and Fatah (the predecessor of the PNA), they have carried out terrorist acts. As well as this, they have committed crimes against humanity and war crimes not only against the Israelis, but also against the Palestinians themselves.

Thirdly, a two-state solution is a long way away, as long as the violence between the two peoples continues and the problems that have generated the conflict remain unresolved.

With this book, the author has sought to understand why this complex and long-lasting conflict came into being, and how political Zionism emerged and developed in the State of Israel as the main generator of the conflict – a project that arose as a consequence of the anti-Semitism that reigned in Central and Eastern Europe during the late 19th and 20th centuries, and which intensified after the victory of the National Socialist German Workers' Party in Germany.

This book does not intend to hold Zionist Jews solely responsible for the current situation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it does intend to show that, just as the Holocaust produced many victims among Jews and other ethnic minorities during the Nazi occupation, the development of the Zionist project and, therefore, the colonisation of the Israeli-occupied territories has caused systematic violation of human, legal, political and economic rights and a humanitarian crisis among the Palestinian population. But this does not diminish the responsibility of the PNA and Hamas, which, in addition to having failed to reach an agreement with Israel for the creation of an independent Palestinian state for almost eight decades, have not stopped attacking Israel. A large part of the international community is also responsible for this conflict, on the one hand, for having looked the other way during these almost eight decades or, as in the case of the US, for having lent its full support to Israel not only through the Jewish lobby, but also through economic support and arms purchases; and on the other hand, for not having demanded that Israel comply with all the resolutions imposed by the Security Council and the UN General Assembly during these almost eighty years.

In short, the book consists of five chapters, and discusses why and how the Zionist project arose in Europe, how it was established and has developed over the last eighty years in the State of Israel, and the mechanisms that political Zionism has used and continues to use to achieve its goal.

Mari Carmen Forriol is an archeology and ancient history postgraduate, a doctor of investigation and development, and a doctor of law, political science and administration. She has published several articles in specialised journals, including a paper for Campus for International Security and Defense (CISDE), Spain. She is the author of Violence in the Palestinian Conflict. The separation of two Peoples and Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. A threat to Europe´s Security in both Spanish and English.

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