Distinguished academic and practitioner contributors from the Middle East, Europe and the US present a range of social science oriented options to get the peace process back on track. Using the history of the last half century of talks and negotiations, and contributor experience in negotiations, suggestions, proposals and formulas are presented to the contending parties that would develop a greater level of mutual empathy, understanding and trust that is required to jump-start the stalled peace talks into sincere and serious negotiations needed to achieve a comprehensive, lasting Middle East peace accord. The focus of this volume is on how to achieve an agreement, not on the components of viable peace agreements, which the editors believe largely exist and are the subject of a number of earlier studies, books and the texts of draft accords reached previously in government-to-government and in private-parties negotiations. The editors and contributors assume a two-state solution based on "land for peace" and emphasise the importance of the role of outside mediators, especially the United States.
Throughout the arguments presented, potential dialogue and agreement is overshadowed by the increasingly violent and chaotic environment of the Middle East that began worsening in 2001 with the second intifada and the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Peace and a final agreement can only be reached through Arabs and Israelis making tough decisions and compromises. Readers will be intrigued, amused, encouraged and disappointed by accounts of incidents that de-railed past talks, the innovative analyses concerning past negotiations, and the potential for application of social science knowledge to the building of trust needed for attaining agreement.
Joseph Ginat, formerly Chairman of the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa, and a former Director of the Israeli Academic Center in Cairo, is currently working with the Egyptian scholar Maha El-Rashidi on methods of conflict resolution.
Foreword by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan; Introduction: Landmarks on the Road to a Peace Agreement; The Importance of Cross Culture Understanding in the Course of Negotiations; The Israeli-Palestinian Wonder: Losing Trust in Official Negotiations While Maintaining it on "Hard" Track II Talks; Public Diplomacy in the Middle East: Big Mistake, Huge Prices; Listening as a Value: A Narrative Approach to Building Trust; The Economic Dividends of Egypt and Jordan From Peace Agreements with Israel; Engineering Social Capital in the Middle East: Rebuilding Trust; The Peace with Egypt: President Sadat's Visit Through 1977 Israeli Eyes; Normal Relations without Normalisation: The Evolution; Israel-Egypt: What Went Wrong? Nothing; Jordan-Israel Relations: A "Lukewarm Peace; The Jordan-Israel Peace Process: How Can We Rebuild Trust and Replace Despair and Division?; What Went Wrong in the Middle East Peace Process? The Jordanian-Israeli Relationship; Creative Measures Needed for a Peace Accord Between Israel and Syria; After the Lebanon War: Can Israel Build Trust with Syria, Lebanon and Palestine?; The Palestinian Public and What Has Gone Wrong in Israel-Palestine Negotiations; An Israeli-Palestinian Agreement: The Security Aspects; Did Anything Go Wrong?; A Leaking Reservoir of Trust in Israeli-Palestinian Water Talks; Rebuilding Israeli-Palestinian Trust by Unilateral Steps; The Changing Face of the Arab League; The Quartet and US Government Roles in Israeli-Palestinian-Arab Negotiations; Afterword.