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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Arabs and Israelis

Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East

ISBN 9781137290823
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

The Arab-Israeli conflict has proven to be one of the most protracted and bitter struggles of modern times, and has been extraordinarily resilient in the face of all efforts to resolve it.

Written by a distinguished team of authors comprising an Israeli, a Palestinian, and an Egyptian presenting a broader Arab perspective, this textbook offers a balanced and nuanced introduction to this highly contentious subject.

This innovative approach provides:
• an essential overview of the key developments in the history of the conflict
• a sense of the competing narratives that the principle protagonists have developed regarding these developments
• a unique analytical framework through which the major developments can be understood
• suggested further reading and links to key historical documents to support in-depth exploration of the subject.

This is essential reading for students and others wishing to understand the history and politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its pivotal role in the Middle East.

Abdel Monem Said Aly is Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo. He is also Chairman of Al-Masry Al-Youm, a leading Arabic language daily newspaper in Egypt, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, USA. Previously, Said Aly was the President of the Al-Ahram Center for Political & Strategic Studies in Cairo and the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Al-Ahram Newspaper and Publishing House. He was a distinguished visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2004 and a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University in 2003.
Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University, USA. He is also Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where he serves as co-chair of the Crown-Belfer Middle East Project. In 2001-03, Feldman served as a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 1997-2005, he served as Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Khalil Shikaki is Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, USA. A world-renowned expert on Palestinian public opinion and a widely published author, he has taught at several institutions, including Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and the University of South Florida. He also was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, in 2002.

Introduction: Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
1. The Formative Years
2. The Partitioning of Palestine: Nakba and Independence
3. Under the Cold War: the 1956 Sinai-Suez War
4. The 1967 War: The Victory and the 'Naksa'
5. From Limited War to Limited Accommodation
6. Camp David and the Lebanon War
7. From the First Intifada to Madrid & Oslo
8. Failures of Madrid Implementation
9. Oslo's State-building and Peacemaking
10. The Failure of Permanent Status Negotiations
11. The Second Intifada
12. From the Second Lebanon War to the Arab Awakening
Conclusion – A Conflict that Never Ends?


In this volume the three authors have succeeded where many have failed. They have brought their talents together in an exceptional way to give a clear and dispassionate account of a notoriously contentious subject. In doing so, they have provided a lucid analysis of the actions of all the parties involved. But equally importantly, they have gone to the heart of the matter through their sympathetic, yet critical understandings of the opposing narratives that have fuelled this conflict for so long. It is a book that will enlighten those who come fresh to the subject, as well as those who want to study further the inner workings of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the chances of its resolution.' - Charles Tripp, SOAS, University of London, UK
'If there is anything more contentious than the Arab-Israel conflict, it is the history of the conflict. Rather than try the impossible task of writing the one true story, the authors give us a fair reading of the accounts that various participants believe. Furthermore, they have related the stories and events to powerful theories of international politics. The result is a signal achievement that deserves a wide readership.' – Robert Jervis, Columbia University, USA
'No single author could write this book with its richness of multiple perspectives on a topic of such controversy as the Arab-Israeli conflict. These three distinguished scholars – one from Israel, one from Palestine, and one from Egypt – produce a unique work of scholarship. Particularly for those new to the topic, this is the book to start with. It informs and explains, without the propagandistic overtones that often find their way into such volumes.' – William B. Quandt, University of Virginia, USA
'An outstanding book written by some of the best scholars who have immersed their scholarly careers on the subject matter of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This is a must read that carefully contextualizes the nuances of the conflict according to different political dynamics across time and space. Students, policy makers, and academics have much to learn from this very valuable and insightful book.' – Amaney A. Jamal, Princeton University, USA
'The major strength of this textbook is its attempt to cover the unfolding events of the conflict from the three perspectives: Jewish/Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab, and by placing these events within a broader regional and international context. It is innovative and will be used by many scholars as a prime textbook because of its refreshing approach.' – Asher Kaufman, Notre Dame University, USA
'The competing narratives are a terrific addition … it is a thoughtful and engaging way to present the material, and encourages critical thinking and discussion.' – Kimberly Jones, Northeastern University, USA
'This extraordinary work about the Arab–Israeli conflict is both brilliant and unique. The three authors are eye-witnesses. They represent both the Arab and Israeli perspectives. They once even served in armies that opposed each other. But now they have come together to thoughtfully explore the many dimensions-from geo-strategic interests to the human factor-of the world's most volatile region. Arabs and Israelis is an exceptional contribution to understanding a tragic, troubling and costly conflict. It also provides tremendous insights that will help understand how to solve it.' – Robin Wright, author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World
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