Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs, 1948-2003 / Edition 1by Itamar Rabinovich
Pub. Date: 03/29/2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Considerably expanded to include the impact of the 2003 war in Iraq and its aftermath, this new edition of Waging Peace provides a unique insight into the critical debate on the future of peace in the Middle East. A former chief negotiator for Israel, noted scholar-diplomat Itamar Rabinovich examines the complete history of Arab-Israeli relations beginning/i>… See more details below
Considerably expanded to include the impact of the 2003 war in Iraq and its aftermath, this new edition of Waging Peace provides a unique insight into the critical debate on the future of peace in the Middle East. A former chief negotiator for Israel, noted scholar-diplomat Itamar Rabinovich examines the complete history of Arab-Israeli relations beginning in 1948. He then gives a vivid account of the peace processes of 1992-1996 and the more dispiriting record since then. His updated analysis on Iraq, Ehud Barak, and Ariel Sharon--and on the expanding role of the United States in the Middle East--sheds new light on the long and tumultuous history between Arabs and Jews.
As Rabinovich brings the conflict into this century, he widens the scope of his proposals for achieving normalized and peaceful Arab-Israeli relations. While he considers the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians--a classic dispute between two national movements claiming the same land--Rabinovich also studies the broader political, cultural, and increasingly religious conflict between Israel and Arab nationalism and discusses the region in an international context.
Rabinovich's firsthand experiences as a negotiator and an ambassador provide an extraordinary perspective on the major players involved. The result is a shrewd assessment of the past and current state of affairs, as well as a hopeful look at the possibilities for a peaceful future.
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Table of Contents
1. The Background 1
2. Madrid and Oslo: Years of Hope 38
3. Years of Stagnation 78
4. Ehud Barak and the Collapse of the Peace Process 123
5. Sharon, Bush, and Arafat 181
6. The Web of Relationships 220
7. Peace and Normalization 267
8. Conclusion 305
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Remember that brilliant professor in high school or college who clearly knew his subject but couldn't get through to his students because he was such a poor communicator? Unfortunately, Mr. Rabinovich seems to fit that description to a T! Clearly knowledgeable of the subject from his years in a position to know, the book is nothing more than a White paper on the subject of Israel and its neighbors, devoid of the slightest spark or semblence of life. Extremely difficult to read due to its hammer-like dullness, this is not for general reading. Very poorly done.