Itamar Rabinovich examines how Israel is facing a new and changing regional order in the Middle East, from the ramifications of the Arab Spring to a receding US role and beyond. The author looks specifically at Israel's evolving relationships with Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and the Palestinians.
He asserts that, although some new developments pose threats to Israel's national security and diplomatic position, Israel could take advantage of some of those changes to become a more active and better integrated player in the region's politics. For this to happen, he concludes, Israel should take advantage of the massive effort invested by US Secretary of State John Kerry to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian final status agreement.
Itamar Rabinovich is president of the Israel Institute. He served as Israel's ambassador to Washington and chief negotiator with Syria and was president of Tel Aviv University, Israel. He is a professor emeritus of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University, Israel, distinguished global professor at New York University, USA, and a distinguished senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution, USA. His most recent book is The Lingering Conflict: Israel, the Arabs, and the Middle East 1948-2011 (Brookings Institution Press, 2012).