Waging Peace by Itamar Rabinovich
Israel and the Arabs at the End of the Century

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A senior Israeli diplomat offers a new program for peace in the Middle East.

The conflicts between Israel and its Arab neighbors have lasted for more than half a century. How can they be ended? In this important book, a noted expert goes beyond the old formulas to suggest new ways to normalize international relations in the Middle East.

Itamar Rabinovich considers the issues in all the relevant contexts: the core conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a classic dispute between two national movements claiming title to and vying for possession of the same land; the broader political and cultural-and occasionally religious-conflict between Israel and Arab nationalism; the many bilateral disagreements between Israel and its various Arab neighbors; and the international structure in which colonial and postcolonial power rivalries, geopolitical factors, and talk about the "Holy Land" all play a part. His vivid account of the hopeful peace processes of 1992 to 1996 and the more dispiriting record since then points the way to the crucial matters that will be addressed in 1999 and 2000. Will Arafat declare Palestinian statehood? Are hostilities to be expected? With his shrewd assessments of the major players (and the striking differences in how each "tells the story") and his realistic understanding of the possibilities, Rabinovich offers real hope for an intelligent achievement of enduring peace.

 

About Itamar Rabinovich

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About the Author: Itamar Rabinovich is Rector of Tel Aviv University, and is the author of The War for Lebanon, 1970-1985.
 
Published May 1, 1999 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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When a veteran Israeli diplomat such as Rabinovich tackles the daunting task of bringing clarity to the relationships between Israel and its Arab neighbors, including the Palestinians, readers should

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While he offers summaries of Israels postCamp David cold peace with Egypt and its negotiations with PLO proxies (before direct talks), Rabinovich is most enlightening when discussing the very difficult negotiations with Syria and when demonstrating how the intricacies of domestic Isreali politics...

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