Palestinian Leadership on the West Bank: The Changing Role of the Mayors Under Jordan and Israel

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Palestinian Leadership on the West Bank: The Changing Role of the Mayors Under Jordan and Israel

By Moshe Ma'oz
Frank Cass, 1984
217 pp.
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The special importance of this book lies in the fact that it is written by an Israeli. Ma'oz was directly involved in West Bank affairs as an adviser to Defense Minister Weizman, makes full use of both Israeli and Arab material, and maintains a scholar's balance in discussing issues of high political content. The role of the mayors, skillfully traced here in detail, was of increasing significance as it evolved under Israeli rule from non-political collaboration by "notables" to leadership of the developing Palestinian community by a new generation of increasingly radical national spokesmen.