ABSTRACT

The binational reality, an interim reality that came into being after the Six Day War, is a result of a long-standing political stalemate in both the Israeli and Arab societies. The Arabs and Jews are immobilized politically and deadlocked with regard to most of the issues related to the Middle East conflict. As a result, they tend to adopt a status quo posture hoping to serve their contradictory interests. Recently, the Arab population of the West Bank and Gaza deviated from this pattern by resorting to riots and political protests. Beforehand, each side believed that a solution would be found in the remote future. The previous deadlock contributed to the emergence of a binational Israel by default rather than by design. Yet the riots, which had started in December 1987, did not produce a practical solution to the conflict, acceptable to all parties concerned.