Arabs and Israelis Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East

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  • Copyright: 2013-12-12
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The Arab-Israeli conflict has proven to be one of the most protracted and bitter struggles of modern times, and has been extraordinarily resilient in the face of all efforts to resolve it.

Written by a distinguished team of authors comprising an Israeli, a Palestinian, and an Egyptian presenting a broader Arab perspective, this textbook offers a balanced and nuanced introduction to this highly contentious subject.

This innovative approach provides:
• an essential overview of the key developments in the history of the conflict
• a sense of the competing narratives that the principle protagonists have developed regarding these developments
• a unique analytical framework through which the major developments can be understood
• suggested further reading and links to key historical documents to support in-depth exploration of the subject.

This is essential reading for students and others wishing to understand the history and politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its pivotal role in the Middle East.

Author Biography

Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University, USA. He is also Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where he serves as co-chair of the Crown-Belfer Middle East Project. In 2001-03, Feldman served as a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 1997-2005, he served as Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Abdel Monem Said Aly is Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo. He is also Chairman of Al-Masry Al-Youm, a leading Arabic language daily newspaper in Egypt, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, USA. Previously, Said Aly was the President of the Al-Ahram Center for Political & Strategic Studies in Cairo and the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Al-Ahram Newspaper and Publishing House. He was a distinguished visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2004 and a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University in 2003.

Khalil Shikaki is Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, USA. A world-renowned expert on Palestinian public opinion and a widely published author, he has taught at several institutions, including Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and the University of South Florida. He also was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, in 2002.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
1. The Formative Years
2. The Partitioning of Palestine: Nakba and Independence
3. Under the Cold War: the 1956 Sinai-Suez War
4. The 1967 War: The Victory and the 'Naksa'
5. From Limited War to Limited Accommodation
6. Camp David and the Lebanon War
7. From the First Intifada to Madrid & Oslo
8. Failures of Madrid Implementation
9. Oslo's State-building and Peacemaking 
10. The Failure of Permanent Status Negotiations
11. The Second Intifada
12. From the Second Lebanon War to the Arab Awakening 
Conclusion – A Conflict that Never Ends?

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