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The Israeli Right One State Reality

Tuesday 5 December 2023
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Guest Speaker: Dr Mateo Cohen
Moderator: Dr Noa Schonmann

We invite you to a conversation with Mateo Cohen, a PhD candidate at Leiden University’s Institute of Political Science researching Right Wing politics and democratic decay. Mateo will speak about ideological arguments articulated by members of Israel’s Right-Wing elite and their responses to the latest escalation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The discussion group will open with a presentation focusing on the Israeli Right, one of the country’s most dominant ideological movements. We will critically analyze the Israeli Right’s arguments and their vision for Israel and the Middle East across time. We will step into the reality that this ideological movement is charting for Israelis, Palestinians, and their regional neighbors: a one-state solution between the river and the sea, in which human rights are not granted but conditioned, and the core meaning of democracy is challenged. Stepping outside this prospect, we will ask what can we learn from the ideology of the Israeli Right about the conflict in the region and political ideologies in general.


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Preparatory Reading

  • Cohen, I. Mateo. "The Right-Wing 'One-State Solution': Narrative, Proposals, and the Future of the Conflict." Israel Studies 27, no. 1 (2022): 132-155.

Primary sources:

  • Saar, Gideon. "Oslo is Obsolete: Time for a Victory Mindset". The Jerusalem Post, July 06, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20190620113118/https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Oslo-is-obsolete-Time-for-a-victory-mindset-561808
  • ---------. "Sovereignty is not just a vision. Practical steps are also being taken". Ribount 9, 2017: 6-7.
  • Gamliel, Gila. “If there will be a Palestinain state, only in Sinai". Ribount 9, 2017. pp. 4-5.
  • Hotovely, Tzipi. " The Gradual Plan – ‘Annexation – Naturalization'". Ribount 2, 2014: 4-5.
  • Glick, Caroline. " Explaining the Right’s Alternative to the World". Ribount 2, 2014:8-9.
  • Kontorovich, Eugene. "Don’t Try to Frighten Us with the 'One-State' Solution. Ribount 2, 2014: 16-17.
  • Bennet, Naftali. "Annexation of Judea and Samaria is no longer a distant vision. Ribount 5, 2015: 5-6.
  • Bell, Avi. "The world is silent on settlements around the globe that, unlike by us, really are illegal. Ribount 7, 2016. pp. 16-17.
  • Hotovely, Tzipi. "From Greater Jerusalem to Full Soverignthy". Ribount 8, 2017. pp. 10-11.

Extended read about the Israeli right - Primary sources:

  • Glick, Caroline. The Israeli solution: A one-state plan for peace in the Middle East. Crown Forum, 2014.
  • Yaalon, Moshe. "How to Build Middle East Peace: Why Bottom-up Is Better than Top-down." Foreign Affairs 96, No.1 (2017): 73-84

Secondary sources:

  • Schindler, Colin. “The new right”. pp. 359-366. In From Odessa to Hebron: The Rise of the Israeli Right. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Del Sarto, Raffaella A. Israel under siege: The politics of insecurity and the rise of the Israeli neo-revisionist right. Georgetown University Press, 2017.
  • Susser, Asher. "The Historical Linkage: Israel's Legitimacy and the Idea of Partition." Israel Studies 23, no. 3 (2018): 216-227.
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