The Brink of Peace by Itamar Rabinovich

By Itamar Rabinovich

A significant casualty of the assassin's bullet that struck down Israeli best Minister Yitzhak Rabin used to be a potential peace accord among Syria and Israel. For the 1st time, a negotiator who had precise entry to Rabin, in addition to special wisdom of Syrian background and politics, tells the interior tale of the failed negotiations. His account offers a key to knowing not just U.S. international relations within the heart East but in addition the bigger Arab-Israeli peace process.

During the interval from 1992 to 1996, Itamar Rabinovich used to be Israel's ambassador to Washington, and the executive negotiator with Syria. during this e-book, he seems again on the process negotiations, phrases of which have been recognized to a shockingly small crew of yankee, Israeli, and Syrian officers. After Benjamin Netanyahu's election as Israel's major minister in might 1996, an argument constructed. inspite of Netanyahu's switch of coverage and more durable line towards Damascus, Syria all started claiming that either Rabin and his successor Peres had pledged complete withdrawal from the Golan Heights. Rabinovich takes the reader throughout the maze of diplomatic subtleties to give an explanation for the diversities among hypothetical dialogue and real commitment.

"To the scholars of prior background and modern politics," he writes, "nothing is extra beguiling than the myriad threads that run around the invisible line which separates the two." The threads of this tale contain information of Rabin's negotiations and their impression via next Israeli administrations in lower than a 12 months, the yank and Egyptian roles, and the continued debate among Syria and Israel at the actual and criminal bases for resuming talks.

The writer portrays both sides and individuals with notable aptitude and empathy, as just a privileged participant within the occasions might do. In any evaluation of destiny negotiations within the heart East, Itamar Rabinovich's booklet will end up indispensable.

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The Brink of Peace

A significant casualty of the assassin's bullet that struck down Israeli major Minister Yitzhak Rabin used to be a potential peace accord among Syria and Israel. For the 1st time, a negotiator who had specific entry to Rabin, in addition to special wisdom of Syrian heritage and politics, tells the interior tale of the failed negotiations. His account offers a key to realizing not just U. S. international relations within the heart East but in addition the bigger Arab-Israeli peace process.

During the interval from 1992 to 1996, Itamar Rabinovich was once Israel's ambassador to Washington, and the manager negotiator with Syria. during this ebook, he seems again on the process negotiations, phrases of which have been identified to a shockingly small workforce of yank, Israeli, and Syrian officers. After Benjamin Netanyahu's election as Israel's major minister in could 1996, an argument built. despite Netanyahu's swap of coverage and more durable line towards Damascus, Syria all started claiming that either Rabin and his successor Peres had pledged complete withdrawal from the Golan Heights. Rabinovich takes the reader during the maze of diplomatic subtleties to provide an explanation for the variations among hypothetical dialogue and genuine commitment.

"To the scholars of previous historical past and modern politics," he writes, "nothing is extra beguiling than the myriad threads that run around the invisible line which separates the 2. " The threads of this tale contain information of Rabin's negotiations and their effect via next Israeli administrations in under a yr, the yank and Egyptian roles, and the continued debate among Syria and Israel at the actual and criminal bases for resuming talks.

The writer portrays both sides and individuals with striking aptitude and empathy, as just a privileged participant within the occasions might do. In any review of destiny negotiations within the center East, Itamar Rabinovich's booklet will turn out indispensable.

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Syria took a dubious view of Egypt’s willingness to cooperate with the efforts of the United Nations and the superpowers to implement Security Council Resolution 242. But Syria’s criticism of Egypt’s diplomatic efforts was implicit. If the improbable were to happen and these efforts were to produce an Israeli withdrawal, Syria did not want to legislate herself out of the receiving line. Israel and Syria, Rabin and Asad 25 In a similar vein, Syria was also a partial participant in the “war of attrition,” the limited war launched by Egypt against Israel in 1968.

There was also a down side. Joining the United States and Saudi Arabia in a wartime coalition against a BaÔth regime in Iraq might be awkward, and would expose the regime to domestic criticism. Asad was conscious of the fact that while Saddam Hussein was trying to rekindle the ashes of revolutionary pan-Arab nationalism he, Asad, was mounting the post–Cold-War path of dialogue with the United States and with Israel. Asad’s progression along that path was not swift or linear. He did join the coalition and did dispatch a reinforced division to Saudi Arabia, but his troops did not participate in the actual fighting.

The Israeli delegation was headed by Yossi Ben-Aharon, the director general of the prime minister’s office, a member of the inner core of Y itzhak Shamir’s government, and one of the chief architects of its policies. The members of his delegation, in the best tradition of the Israeli government’s pluralistic approach, represented a plethora of government departments and agencies. Neither Ben-Aharon nor Allaf came to Washington to look for the middle ground on which a deal was to be made. Both represented leaders who sent their men to Madrid and Washington with a message defined by reluctance, skepticism, and suspicion.

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