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Behind the Uprising: Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians

Behind the Uprising: Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians

by Yossi Melman, Dan Raviv


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In January 1986, two working journalists were flying aboard the official jet of Israel's Prime Minister Shimon Peres, as he toured Europe and reactivated his secret diplomacy with Jordan's King Hussein. Within two years Palestinians living under Israeli occupation rose in revolt. The two journalists, Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv, decided the time was ripe to collaborate on Behind the Uprising: Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians, the first complete account of the clandestine relationship between Israel and Jordan, two Middle East enemies that have reached a de facto peace without signing a peace treaty.

In this extraordinary, exclusive account, Melman and Raviv examine the hostile partnership by focusing on an unacknowledged, but powerful partnership among three key parties in the Middle East dispute: the Israelis, the Jordanians, and the Palestinians. Based on interviews with participants in the secret diplomacy and on documents previously hidden from the public, this work describes Hussein's meetings with Israel's leaders and reveals how Israel and Jordan forged a relationship covering everything from counter-terrorism to counter-mosquito tactics. The book begins and ends with an explanation of how a quarter of a century of secret contacts led to an explosion of frustration in the occupied territories, resulting in the Palestinian uprising.

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ISBN-13: 9780313267871
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/25/1989
Series: Contributions in Political Science Series , #23
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

YOSSI MELMAN, currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, is an Israeli newspaper columnist and a graduate of Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is the author of The Master Terrorist as well as several articles concerning foreign policy and relations and secret intelligence.

DAN RAVIV is a CBS News correspondent in London. He graduated from Harvard University, won two Overseas Press Club of America awards, and is currently coauthoring a second book with Yossi Melman on Israeli intelligence.

Table of Contents



The Territories Explode

Abdullah of Arabia


Hussein the Heir

The Devonshire Place Doctor

This Time in Paris

A Phone Call to the Palace

"Operation Lift"

Why Not in Tel Aviv?

"Must I Make War on You?"

Seven Lean Years under Likud

Minimalists and Maximalists in Amman

Return of the Jordanian Option

May We Help You, Your Highness?

Building a Condominium

Breaking the Deadlock?




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