The Palestine-Israel conflict is one of the longest running and seemingly intractable confrontations in the modern world. This book delves deep into the 'peace process' to find out why so little progress has been made on the key issues. Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit find overwhelming evidence of Israeli rejectionism as the main cause for the failure of peace. They demonstrate that the Israeli leadership has always been against a fairly negotiated peace and have deliberately stalled negotiations for the last 80 years. The motivations behind this rejectionist position have changed, as have the circumstances of the conflict, but the conclusion has remained consistent - peace has not been in the interest of the state of Israel. A fascinating read, and particularly timely as the Obama administration tries once more for a peace settlement, this book draws on a wealth of sources - including Hebrew documents and transcripts - to show that it is the Palestinians who lack a viable 'partner for peace'.
Zalman Amit was born in Palestine and grew up in a newly created Israel. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Concordia University in Canada and is the author of four books and over 300 articles. Daphna Levit taught finance and economics at the Universities of Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion. She has edited and contributed to numerous books on Middle Eastern Politics.
Introduction 1: Palestine - Homeland for the Jews? 2: The Partition of Palestine 3: Early Initiatives 4: The Lull in Hostilities 1956-1967 5: The aftermath of the June 1967 war 6: From Yom Kippur to Lebanon 7: From Lebanon to Oslo 8: PLO as Peace Partner? 9: Barak Leaves No Stone Unturned 10: Peace on a Downhill Slope Conclusion Chronology Bibliography Index