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The Netanyahu Years

Author : Ben Caspit
ISBN : 9781250087065
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Benjamin Netanyahu is currently serving his fourth term in office as Prime Minister of Israel, the longest serving Prime Minister in the country’s history. Now Israeli journalist Ben Caspit puts Netanyahu’s life under a magnifying glass, focusing on his last two terms in office. "A biography of the steely Israeli prime minister that underscores his relentless, seemingly emotionless competitive drive ... A highly readable portrait of an enigmatic politician." - Kirkus Reviews Caspit covers a wide swath of topics, including Netanyahu’s policies, his political struggles, and his fight against the Iranian nuclear program, and zeroes in on Netanyahu’s love/hate relationship with the American administration, America’s Jews, and his alliances with American business magnates. A timely and important book, The Netanyahu Years is a primer for anyone looking to understand this world leader.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

American Jewry And The Oslo Years

Author : Neil Rubin
ISBN : 9781137273772
Genre : History
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In the early 1990s, American Jewish political efforts seemed to be a success story, having won battles to get Jews out of the USSR and to have the Holocaust widely commemorated. Then the 1993 Israeli-PLO Olso Accords wreaked havoc on the traditional unified support for any Israeli government. Meanwhile, internal communal concerns included rising intermarriage, declining affiliation, and intensifying religious tensions. Broad-based membership groups declined, the influence of "mega-donors" rose, and a sense of collectiveness waned. As the Oslo period crashed into the Second Intifada, American Jewish groups rushed to defend Israel, but found a smaller, less interested and more splintered community of supporters. In analyzing what this meant for the American and Israeli Jewish communities—critical constituencies in negotiations—this book explores diverse sources, including newly released biographies, interviews by the author, extensive Jewish and national newspaper reporting, speeches, opinion surveys, important shifts in US Jewish identity, Bill Clinton's unusual bond with American Jewry, and emerging trends in American Christian perspectives.
Category: History

Back Channel Negotiation

Author : Anthony Wanis-St John
ISBN : 9780815651079
Genre : Political Science
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Wanis-St. John takes on the question of whether the complex and often perilous, secret negotiations between mediating parties prove to be an instrumental path to reconciliation or rather one that disrupts the process. Using the Palestinian-Israeli peace process as a frame­work, the author focuses on the uses and misuses of "back channel" negotiations. Wanis-St. John discusses how top level PLO and Israeli government officials often resorted to secret negotiation channels even when they had designated, acknowledged negotiation teams already at work. Intense scrutiny of the media, pressure from con­stituents, and the public’s reaction, all become severe constraints to the process, causing leaders to seek out back channel negotiations. The impact of these secret talks on the peace process over time has largely been unexplored. Through interviews with major negotia­tors and policymakers on both sides and a detailed history of the conflict, the author analyzes the functions and consequences of back channel negotiations. Wanis-St. John reveals the painful irony that these methods for peacemaking have had the unintended effect of inflaming the conflict and sustaining its intractability.
Category: Political Science

The Palestinian Diaspora

Author : Helena Lindholm Schulz
ISBN : 9781134496693
Genre : Social Science
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From the refugee camps of the Lebanon to the relative prosperity of life in the USA, the Palestinian diaspora has been dispersed across the world. In this pioneering study, Helena Lindholm Schulz examines the ways in which Palestinian identity has been formed in the diaspora through constant longing for a homeland lost. In so doing, the author advances the debate on the relationship between diaspora and the creation of national identity as well as on nationalist politics tied to a particular territory. But The Palestinian Diaspora also sheds light on the possibilities opened up by a transnational existence, the possibility of new, less territorialized identities, even in a diaspora as bound to the idea of an idealized homeland as the Palestinian. Members of the diaspora form new lives in new settings and the idea of homeland becomes one important, but not the only, source of identity. Ultimately though, Schulz argues, the strong attachment to Palestine makes the diaspora crucial in any understandings of how to formulate a viable strategy for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Category: Social Science

Israel The First Hundred Years

Author : Efraim Karsh
ISBN : 9781135297855
Genre : History
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The end of the British mandate in Palestine heralded the birth of the new state of Israel. It also marked the end of one of the most tumultuous and momentous chapters in Israeli history. But the new state, born into a hostile environment and struggling with the manifold demands of sovereignty, would have to face many post-Independence challenges to its existence, not least in the form of armed conflict and confrontation with its Arab neighbours. This volume examines the conflicts that from the 1948 until the 1967 Six Day War came to define the Israeli struggle for existence.
Category: History

Clash Of Identities

Author : Baruch Kimmerling
ISBN : 9780231512497
Genre : History
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By revisiting the past hundred years of shared Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli history, Baruch Kimmerling reveals surprising relations of influence between a stateless indigenous society and the settler-immigrants who would later form the state of Israel. Shattering our assumptions about these two seemingly irreconcilable cultures, Kimmerling composes a sophisticated portrait of one side's behavior and characteristics and the way in which they irrevocably shaped those of the other. Kimmerling focuses on the clashes, tensions, and complementarities that link Jewish, Palestinian, and Israeli identities. He explores the phenomena of reciprocal relationships between Jewish and Arab communities in mandatory Palestine, relations between state and society in Israel, patterns of militarism, the problems of jurisdiction in an immigrant-settler society, and the ongoing struggle of Israel to achieve legitimacy as both a Jewish and a democratic state. By merging Israeli and Jewish studies with a vast body of scholarship on Palestinians and the Middle East, Kimmerling introduces a unique conceptual framework for analyzing the cultural, political, and material overlap of both societies. A must read for those concerned with Israel and the relations between Jews and Arabs, Clash of Identities is a provocative exploration of the ever-evolving, always-contending identities available to Israelis and Palestinians and the fascinating contexts in which they take form.
Category: History

Holy War Holy Peace

Author : Marc Gopin
ISBN : 0198033486
Genre : Religion
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The Intifada of 2000-2001 has demonstrated the end of an era of diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The style of peacemaking of the Olso Accords has been called into question by the facts on the ground. Elite forms of peacemaking that do not embrace the basic needs of average people on all sides are bound to fail. The complete neglect of deeper cultural and religious systems in the peace process is now apparent, as is the role that this neglect has played in the failure of the process. Building on his earlier book, Between Eden and Armageddon, Gopin provides a detailed blueprint of how the religious traditions in question can become a principal asset in the search for peace and justice. He demonstrates how religious people can be the critical missing link in peacemaking, and how the incorporation of their values and symbols can unleash a new dynamic that directly addresses basic issues of ethics, justice, and peace. Gopin's analysis of the theoretical, theological, and political planes shows us what has been achieved thus far, as well as what must be done next in order to ensure effective final settlement negotiations and secure, sovereign, democratic countries for both peoples.
Category: Religion

Still Life With Bombers

Author : David Phillip Horovitz
ISBN : UOM:39015060041384
Genre : Political Science
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Recounts the collapsed Camp David talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders in 2000, analyzing the prospects of future peacemaking and the effects of the conflict on the lives of everyday people as conveyed in interviews with suicide bombing victims, refugees, government officials, and the author's own friends and family members. 20,000 first printing.
Category: Political Science


Author : Tony Walker
ISBN : 1852279249
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Chronicles the life and political career of Yasser Arafat, including his founding of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement and his time as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Path To Geneva

Author : Yossi Beilin
ISBN : UOM:39015061147107
Genre : History
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Describes the intensive and historic peace negotiations of Yossi Berlin, former Israeli Minster of Justice and a dedicated diplomat in search of world peace, including his meetings with President Clinton, Hosni Mubarek, and Ehud Barak.
Category: History