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The brink of peace : the Israeli-Syrian negotiations / Itamar Rabinovich
Bib ID 465058
Format BookBook
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Rabinovich, Itamar, 1942-
 
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Description Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1998 
xv, 283 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0691058687 (alkaline paper)
Summary

During the period from 1992 to 1996, Itamar Rabinovich was Israel's ambassador to Washington, and the chief negotiator with Syria. In this book, he looks back at the course of negotiations, terms of which were known to a surprisingly small group of American, Israeli, and Syrian officials. After Benjamin Netanyahu's election as Israel's prime minister in May 1996, a controversy developed. Even with Netanyahu's change of policy and harder line toward Damascus, Syria began claiming that both Rabin and his successor Peres had pledged full withdrawal from the Golan Heights. Rabinovich takes the reader through the maze of diplomatic subtleties to explain the differences between hypothetical discussion and actual commitment. The author portrays all sides and participants with remarkable flair and empathy, as only a privileged player in the events could do. In any assessment of future negotiations in the Middle East, Itamar Rabinovich's book will prove indispensable.

Full contents
  • 1. Trying to Recapture Yesterday's Shadow
  • 2. Israel and Syria, Rabin and Asad
  • 3. First Cracks in the Ice
  • 4. The Wing Beats of History
  • 5. Between Amman and Damascus
  • 6. The Security Dialogue
  • 7. Bitter Harvest at the Wye Plantation.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-271) and index.

Subjects Rabinovich, Itamar, 1942-  |  Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993- -- Peace.  |  Israel -- Foreign relations -- Syria.  |  Syria -- Foreign relations -- Israel.

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