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Editorial Board

Hisham Awartani

Danny Rubinstein

Sam'an Khoury

Boaz Evron

Walid Salem

Ari Rath

Zahra Khalidi

Daniel Bar-Tal

Ammar AbuZayyad

Galit Hasan-Rokem

Khaled Abu Aker

Galia Golan

Nazmi Ju'beh

Gershon Baskin

Edy Kaufman

Ata Qaymari

Benjamin Pogrund

Nafez Nazzal

Simcha Bahiri

Nadia Naser-Najjab

Dan Jacobson

Jumana Jaouni

Dan Leon

Anat Cygielman

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani

Izhak Schnell

The U.S.A. and The Conflict
Vol.4 Nos. 3 & 4 1997

Table of Contents


  • Great Power Shortcomings
         by Victor Cygielman

  • Washington’s Changing Role in the Middle East
          An account of U.S. policy from 1947 to our times
         by Ari Rath

  • The U.S.A. and Israel: Mutual Ideals, Mutual Interests An Interview
          It is not a U.S. interest to make peace at the expense of Israel’s existence.
         by Moshe Arens

  • A Palestinian Incentive for a New U.S. Policy An Interview
          The change is not in American but in Palestinian policy.
         by Ibrahim Abu Lughod

  • Origins of American Support for Israel
          Backing for Jewish hegemony in the Holy Land as part of the Protestant tradition.
         by Don Peretz

  • U.S. National Interests in the Middle East
          Israel, the U.S.A. and the Palestinian Authority lack credibility among Palestinians.
         by Manuel Hassassian

  • The U.S.A. and the Middle Eastern Conflict: Foreign Policy and Domestic Interests
          American Jewry knows how to use the rules in its support of Israel
         by Akiva Eldar

  • U.S. Concern with the Peace Process An Interview
          The American aim is to help each party understand the other’s concerns
         by John Herbst

  • Long Conflict, New Rules
          Without the U.S.A. taking its sponsorship role seriously, peace looks far away
         by Hussam Mohamad

  • Could Europe Produce Middle East Peace?
          For Europe, peace in the Middle East is possible, necessary and urgent
         by John V. Whitbeck

  • Breaking the Deadlock in the Peace Process
          Because of its historic relation with Israel, only the U.S.A. can have an impact on Israeli decision-making.
         by Mamdouh Nofal

  • American Support for Israel: An Un codified Relationship
          Why has unconditional U.S. support for Israel continued beyond the end of the Cold War?
         by Roger Heacock

  • The American View
          Documents and statements, 1919-1995.

  • Over the Next Hill
          We cannot overlook that the objective is not a temporary settlement but a solution to the overall Jewish-Arab conflict
         by Yoram Sadeh

  • Camp Refugees and the Peace Process
          In-depth interviews on the attitude of Palestinian refugees to the peace process or other solutions to the conflict
         by Najeh Jarrar

  • Negotiating Jerusalem
          How recognition of the other side’s legitimacy can provide motivation for compromise
         by Jerome M. Segal

  • Lebanon: Illusion and Reality
          The Israeli peace camp is not immune to conditioned reflexes
         by Meir Pa’il

  • A Plan for Redeployment
          An operational plan and the assumed military and political advantages

    Book Review
  • One Hundred Years of Conflict: A Bibliographical View
          It seems that nobody has missed the opportunity to contribute to the thousands of books and other publications on the conflict
         by Agustin Velloso de Santistiban

  • Save the Union
          An analysis of the quasi Customs Union between Israel and Palestine proposed in the Paris Accords, adjoining the Oslo agreement
         by Ezra Sadan and by Ruth Lowenthal

  • The Cobbler Is Barefoot and the Weaver Naked
          A chapter from the novel Arabesque
         by Anton Shammas

  • The First Smile
          A short story
         by Miriam Yalan-Stekelis

  • The Palestinian Human Rights Monitor
          Christians under the Palestinian Authority

    Chronology of Events
  • April 1, 1997 to October 1, 1997
          Edited by Najat Hirbawi

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