Distinguished American, Canadian, Palestinian and Israeli contributors illuminate the building blocks on the possible path from conflict to reconciliation between Jews and Arabs. The book is divided into three parts: Part I looks at the Arab-Jewish Conflict, from early Zionism to the 1967 Arab-Israeli War; Part II, Israel and the Arab States, focuses on Israels relations with its neighbouring countries, Syria, and Lebanon; and Part III is concerned with the Peace Process, its dynamics and the missed opportunities for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Elie Podeh is Lecturer in the Department of Islam and Middle Eastern Studies, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Research Fellow at The Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. Dr Asher Kaufman teaches at the Department of Islam and Middle East Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a Fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace.
PART I: THE ARAB-JEWISH CONFLICT: HISTORICAL ASPECTS -- A Coffeehouse in Nineteenth-Century Jerusalem: A Precursor of Modernisation; Foreign Occupiers and Stepchildren: Zionist Discourse and the Palestinians, 1882-1848; Why Do Collaborators Collaborate? The Case of Palestinians and Zionist Institutions, 1917-1936; The "Sharettist Option" Revisited; From Eisenhower to Johnson: Shifts in US Policy Toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict. PART II: ISRAEL AND THE ARAB-STATES: BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE -- Israel in the Middle East or Israel and the Middle East: A Reappraisal; Syria and Israel: Between War and Peace; Modern Iraq, the Bath Party and Anti-Semitism; Burning the Candle at Both Ends: Lebanon and the Palestine War 1947-1949; National Visions and Multi-Communal Realities: Lebanon and Israel/Palestine in a Comparative Perspective; The Economic Factor of the Arab-Israeli Peace Process: The Cases of Egypt, Jordan and Syria; The House of ASADs Capitalism of Convenience: Economic as a Political Weapon. PART III: THE PEACE PROCESS: DYNAMICS AND MISSED OPPORTUNITIES? -- The Process that Never Was: Missed Opportunities in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1948-2000; Hudna: Origins of the Concept and its Relevance to the Arab-Israeli Conflict; From Deposit to Commitment: The Evolution of the US-Israeli-Syrian Negotiations, 1993-2000; Peace-Action and Conflict Resolution: An Israeli-Palestinian Exploration Between Coexistence and Conflict: Jewish-Arab Encounters in Israel; Breaking the Genetic Code of Conflict: Or, Why Oslo Failed; Refugees and the Legitimacy of Palestinian-Israeli Peace Making; Index.