New Article: Podeh, Israel and the Arab Peace Initiative, 2002–2014

Podeh, Elie. “Israel and the Arab Peace Initiative, 2002–2014: A Plausible Missed Opportunity.” Middle East Journal 68.4 (2014): 584-603.

 

URL: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/the_middle_east_journal/v068/68.4.podeh.html

 

Excerpt

A well-known Israeli maxim — attributed to Israel’s legendary foreign minister Abba Eban — holds that “the Arabs [or Palestinians] never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” The analysis of Israel’s position toward the API demonstrates that the Arabs and the Palestinians have no monopoly on missed opportunities in the century-long conflict. In fact, my research on missed opportunities in the conflict shows that Israel missed quite a few opportunities, of which the API was probably the greatest.

The API is still on the negotiating table. Only recently, Turki Al-Faisal, former director of the Saudi intelligence agency and former ambassador to the UK and US, argued that the initiative “still provides a template for peace.” Indeed, the convergence of the following developments in the Middle East has once again created an opportunity to relaunch the API: First, John Kerry’s failure to broker a bilateral Israeli-Palestinian agreement due to both parties’ intransigent positions; second, the rise and success of jihadist elements in the Middle East, which creates fertile ground for potential cooperation between Israel and the moderate forces in the Arab world; third, the instability in the Arab world caused by the negative ramifications of the Arab Spring; fourth, the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, which highlighted that only a regional solution to the conflict would be able to tackle the entire Palestinian problem. In light of these sea changes in the Middle East, the API seems to be the main avenue for a diplomatic breakthrough that would bring some stability to an area besieged by turmoil. Based on its history, the chances that Israel will pick up the gauntlet are slim, but the country now has an opportunity to correct mistakes made over the last 12 years.

Lecture: Hirschfeld, Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, NYU Taub Center, Sep 15

The Taub Center for Israel Studies at NYU invites you to a lecture:

September 15, 2014

5:00pm

53 Washington Square South

Lessons Learned from the Israeli-Palestinian Peace-Finding Process

Professor Yair Hirschfeld, University of Haifa

      

Dr. Yair Hirschfeld will provide an insider account as to why Secretary Kerry’s Peace Initiative for the Middle East failed and discuss why a less ambitious effort would have prevented the foreseeable break-down of negotiations. Hirschfeld will argue that the definition of peace, as such, is decisive for a successful outcome. It has to be understood that “peace is not a piece of paper, or a given moment, but an ongoing process, when former enemies learn gradually to trust each other.”

Based on this basic understanding Hirschfeld will describe the causes that permitted the successful conclusion of the Oslo Accords, and the dramatic inside story, that caused later failures and set-backs. Hirschfeld will analyze the importance and problems of US mediation, of other inputs of the international community, as well as the impact of the regional powers, and particularly the ongoing struggle between radical militant Islamic state- and non-state actors, with the pragmatic pro-Western Arab states and Israel.              

RSVP via E-mail:  rsvp.taubcenter@nyu.edu

 Co-Sponsored By:

 The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

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New Article: Ben-Meir, Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: The US Framework for Peace Must Be Enforced

Ben-Meir, Alon. “The Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: The US Framework for Peace Must Be Enforced.” Mediterranean Quarterly 25.3 (2014): 40-51.

 

 

URL: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/mediterranean_quarterly/v025/25.3.ben-meir.html

 

Abstract

There are many who doubt that the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will lead to a solution, in spite of US secretary of state John Kerry’s efforts and the presumed commitment to peace of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. What has characterized the intractability of the conflict in the past, including the future of Jerusalem, the Palestinian refugees, Israel’s national security concerns, and, in particular, the psychological dimension behind these conflicting issues, still remain in play. That intractability has been further aggravated by a faulty framework for the 2014 negotiations, the absence of leadership, the continued public recrimination of each side toward the other, mutual distrust, and the lack of commitment to reach an agreement that of necessity requires mutually painful concessions. This essay proposes a number of mechanisms and corrective measures that could appreciably enhance the prospect of reaching a peace agreement. Undergirding these proposals is the need for the United States to put its foot down and warn both the Israelis and Palestinians that, unless they negotiate in earnest based on Kerry’s proposed framework, there will be serious consequences resulting from a reassessment of its bilateral relations with both parties.

 

ToC: Journal of Palestine Studies 43.3 (2014)

Table of Contents Alert
University of California Press is happy to notify you that the new issue of Journal of Palestine Studies is now available. The online issues of this journal are hosted on JSTOR on behalf of University of California Press.
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Vol. 43, No. 3, Spring 2014

Cover
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Front Matter
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Table of Contents
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FROM THE EDITOR
Rashid I. Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 5.

REFLECTION

A Tribute to Eyad al-Sarraj
Sara Roy
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 6-8.

ARTICLE

Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Teaching History in Mandate Palestine
Elizabeth Brownson
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 9-25.

ESSAY

French Intellectuals and the Palestine Question
Farouk Mardam-Bey
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 26-39.

COMMENTARY: THE KERRY NEGOTIATIONS

Chronicles of a Death Foretold
Rashid I. Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 40-42.

Behind Israel’s Demand for Recognition as a Jewish State
Diana Buttu
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 42-45.

The Debate about Kerry’s Economic Initiative: Pitfalls, Benefits, and Risks
Raja Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 45-49.

Implications of the Kerry Framework: The Jordan Valley
Samia Al-Botmeh
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 49-51.

It’s Not Over until It’s Over
Mouin Rabbani
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 51-55.

SPECIAL DOCUMENT FILE

Academic Boycott of Israel: The American Studies Association Endorsement and Backlash
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 56-71.

RECENT BOOKS

Recent Book: The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge
The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge by by Ilan Pappé
Review by: Gilbert Achcar
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 72-74.

Recent Book: Communism and Zionism in Palestine during the British Mandate
Communism and Zionism in Palestine During the British Mandate by by Jacob Hen-Tov; Isaiah Friedman
Review by: Shira Robinson
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 74-75.

Recent Book: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by by Max Blumenthal
Review by: Steven Salaita
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 76-77.

Recent Book: Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture and the Youth Movement
Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture and the Youth Movement by by Sunaina Maira
Review by: Loubna Qutami
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 77-80.

Recent Book: Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948
Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948 by by Jacob Norris
Review by: Max Ajl
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 80-81.

Recent Book: Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics
Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics by by Amahl Bishara
Review by: Mike Berry
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 82-83.

SELECTIONS FROM THE PRESS
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 84-103.

PHOTOS FROM THE QUARTER
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 104-109.

PALESTINE UNBOUND
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 110-117.

UPDATE ON CONFLICT AND DIPLOMACY
Ben White
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 118-139.

CONGRESSIONAL MONITOR
Paul Karolyi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 140-185.

DOCUMENTS AND SOURCE MATERIAL
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 186-208.