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The Middle East Peace Process

Vision versus Reality

In the series
Peace Politics in the Middle East

Joseph Ginat, a cultural-political anthropologist, was Vice President of International Relations and Research at Netanya Academic College. He was the author of Blood Revenge: Family Honor, Mediation, and Outcasting, and editor of Sussex Studies in Peace Politics in the Middle East, as well as numerous contributions to social anthropology in the field of Mormon studies, and Arab culture.

Since October 2000, the Al-Aqsa Intifada uprising has shattered any recognizable peace process. At some point both sides will have to return to the negotiating table. The outstanding issues cannot be resolved in any other way. It’s only a question of time and casualties. This book, the second in the series Studies in Peace Politics in the Middle East, not only deals with the Palestinian–Israeli conflict, but also addresses the full range of the reconciliation process between Israel and the Arab World. Much of this material is published for the first time.

A major part of the book is devoted to the complex negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. It addresses forward and creative thinking on issues such as: Jerusalem; the settlements; the sovereignty and status of the holy sites; the difficulties from the Palestinian side of not negotiating from the framework of an independent state; and the perceptions of both the Palestinian and Israeli publics that would allow a meaningful and lasting reconciliation. By working collectively, the world’s leading experts from Arab countries, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Europe and the US have developed a chessboard of proposed solutions.

Published in association with the University of Oklahoma Press

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-903900-01-7
Hardback Price: £45.00
Release Date: May 2002
Page Extent / Format: 420 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


Foreword: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
Preface: David Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma

1. Introduction: Vision versus Reality
Joseph Ginat, Edward J. Perkins, and Edwin G. Corr

The Oslo Agreement, the Palestinian Track, and New Options in the Middle East

2. Oslo and the Ambiguities of Peace
Robert L. Rothstein

3. The Oslo Peace Process: Patterns, Paradoxes, and Prospects
Gabriel Ben-Dor

4. The Changing Structure of Public Opinion in the Middle East
Fredrik Barth

5. Are Real Coexistence and Normalization Possible?
Shlomo Gazit

6. The Official Israeli–Palestinian Track: An Assessment
Menachem Klein

7. The Peace Process and Scenarios for a Permanent Solutionof the Palestinian Question
Khalil Elian

8. The Long-Term Economic Benefits of Peace Stability in the Middle East
Onn Winckler

9. The Oslo Process and Jewish Public Opinion in Israel: A Story of Disappointment?
Ephraim Yuchtman-Yaar

10. How Hamas Thinks
Shaul Mishal

11. The Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Peace Process: The Case of an Unbuilt Bridge
Reuven Aharoni and Joseph Ginat

PART II Countries with Peace Agreements with Israel: Egypt and Jordan
12. Lessons from Greek–Turkish Relations for the Arab–Israeli Conflict
David Kushner

13. Peace with Israel in Egypt's Policy
Yoram Meital

14. Jordan's Perspectives of Peace
Mohanna Haddad

15. The Jordanian–Israeli Peace: The View from Amman
Joseph Nevo

16. The Peace Process: A Jordanian Perspective
Rateb M. Amro

PART III Countries without Peace Agreements with Israel

17. Lebanon's Position in the Peace Process
Kais Firro

18. Lebanon and the Arab–Israeli Conflict
Marius Deeb

19. Syrian–Israeli Relations on the Eve of the Peace Process
Moshe Ma'oz

20. Israeli–Syrian Peace Negotiations (December 1999–March 2000): A Missed Opportunity?
Eyal Zisser

21. Iraq and the Middle East Peace Process: 1968–2000
Amatzia Baram

PART IV Jerusalem and the Peace Process
Creative Approaches for the Coexistence of National and Religious Identities in Jerusalem
Enrico Molinaro

23. Jerusalem in the Peace Process
Manual Hassassian

24. The Palestinians: From the Sidelines to Major Player in Jerusalem
Moshe Amirav

25. Demarcating Jerusalem's Borders
Menachem Klein

26. The Future Status of Jerusalem: Views of the Israeli and Palestinian Publics
Ephraim Yuchtman-Ya'ar

27. Temple Mount – al Haram al-Sharif: A Proposal for Solution
Joseph Ginat

28. Postscript, May 2002
Joseph Ginat, Edward J. Perkins, and Edwin G. Corr

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