Synopses & Reviews
Thoroughly updated and expanded, this new edition of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace examines the history of recurrent efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and identifies a pattern of negative negotiating behaviors that seem to repeatedly derail efforts to achieve peace. In a lively and accessible style, Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan examine eight case studies of recent Arab-Israeli diplomatic encounters, from the Egyptian-Israeli peace of 1979 to the beginning of the Obama administration, in light of the historical record. By measuring contemporary diplomatic episodes against the pattern of counterproductive negotiating habits, this book makes possible a coherent comparison of over sixty years of Arab-Israeli negotiations and gives readers a framework with which to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of peace-making attempts, past, present, and future.
In this second edition, Eisenberg (history, Carnegie Mellon Univ.) and Caplan (history, Concordia Univ., Canada) begin (as in the first edition) with an account of early-19th-century Arab-Jewish negotiations. They end with President Obama's belief that his vision of Middle Eastern peace is compatible with Muslim concerns and interests. The history of these peace efforts, they claim, reveals seven reoccurring areas of diplomatic difficulty, such as previous experience in negotiating, psychological factors affecting leaders and followers, and the role of third-party involvement. Several peace efforts, beginning with the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt in 1978 through the 1993 Oslo Accords, are examined in detail by considering these seven areas of difficulty. The authors assert that past peace negotiations failed to take into account one or more of the seven characteristics. Original chapters were updated and reflect new information and scholarship since the first edition 12 years ago. The new edition includes a 38-page bibliography and 125 related documents available online and coordinated with the text. A series of illustrative political cartoons is integrated throughout the text. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty. -- ChoiceD. Peretz, emeritus, SUNY at Binghamton, February 2011
"In separating the Arab-Israeli from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, this second edition clarifies important differences in their nature, dyanmics, and degrees of intractability." --Christina W. Michelmore, Chatham University
"As with the first edition, the second edition of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace is extremely well-written. It covers the latest significant details in the negotiations and will be very useful as a resource for researchers and students alike." --Rex Brynen, McGill University
"The new edition includes a 38-page bibliography and 125 related documents available online and coordinated with the text.... Recommended." --Choice
"A highly useful text for the study of the Arab-Israel conflict." --Jewish Book World / Jewish Book Council, reviewing a previous edition or volume
"One of the best presentations of how the Middle East not only can be but should be approached from a theoretical perspective." --Glenn Palmer, Penn State University Indiana University Press
"In an innovative study, two historians of the Arab-Israeli conflict reflect on what their craft can contribute to peacemaking." --Middle East Quarterly, reviewing a previous edition or volume Indiana University Press
"The book is well written, without the usual political science jargon characteristic of books on similar topics. It is well researched and well documented with clear and useful maps." --Journal of Third World Studies, reviewing a previous edition or volume
"Nothing in my library comes close to Eisenberg and Caplan's unique and balanced treatment of the peace process. Their book is more essential today than when it was first published and contains many lessons that the parties could still benefit from." --Philip Mattar, editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Indiana University Press
"For an introductory course, the text does a commendable job of presenting the cases and providing an interpretive framework." --Middle East Journal, reviewing a previous edition or volume
Thoroughly updated and expanded, this new edition of the popular textbook Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace presents an examination of the Arab-Israeli conflict since the Oslo Accords of 1993. Considering the factors that seem to doom peacemaking, authors Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan identify how, when, and why the process does or does not work and show what must change before the conflict can be resolved diplomatically.
Thoroughly updated and expanded, this new edition of the popular textbook Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace examines the history of recurrent efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, focusing on peacemaking episodes from the Egyptian-Israeli peace of 1979 through the beginning of the Obama administration. In a lively and accessible style, Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan identify the factors that seem to persistently derail negotiations. The authors consider how, when, and why the process does or does not work and explore what must change if diplomats are to achieve an enduring peace in the Middle East.
About the Author
Laura Zittrain Eisenberg is a Teaching Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She is the author of My Enemy's Enemy: Lebanon in the Early Zionist Imagination, 1900-1948 and many articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Neil Caplan is Scholar-in-Residence at Vanier College and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Concordia University, both in Montreal, Canada. He is author of Palestine Jewry and the Arab Question, 1917-1925, Futile Diplomacy, a four-volume study of Arab-Zionist and Arab-Israeli negotiations to 1956, and The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories.
Table of Contents
List of Maps
Preface to the Second Edition
List of Abbreviations
Introduction. Historical Patterns: Bad Habits Are Hard to Break
Part 1. The Arab-Israeli Peace Process: Beginnings
1. Hot Wars and a Cold Peace: The Camp David Accords, 1977--1979
2. Mission Impossible: The 1983 Israel-Lebanon Agreement
3. Premature Peacemaking: The 1987 Hussein-Peres London Document
Part 2. The Arab-Israeli Peace Process: Madrid and After
4. Setting the Peace Table: The Madrid Conference and Washington Talks, 1991--1993
5. Out of the Shadows and into the Light: The Jordanian-Israeli Peace Process, 1991--1994
6. Falling Short of the Heights: Israel and Syria, 1991--2000
Part 3. The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Oslo 1993 and Beyond
7. Breakthrough: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Oslo Peace Process
8. Breaking Down: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Collapse of Oslo
9. Broken beyond Repair? Camp David II and the Second Intifada
Conclusion. Peace as a Process
Epilogue. Rebuilding amid the Rubble
Appendix A. Timeline
Appendix B. Documents Online