Vol. 6 No. 4 , 1999
The New Generation
between Palestinians and Israelis, are bogged down for many reasons, but mainly due to a basic lack of confidence. Syria interrupted the talks with Israel because, in its view, Ehud Barak was dragging his feet on the Golan issue by refusing to negotiate the outline of the final border between Syria and Israel, based on the June 4, 1967, armistice lines. Israel's insistence that security arrangements and the content of the peace (normalization) must be agreed upon first, provoked only distrust and resentment in Damascus. On the other hand, Syria's high-handed manner of conducting the negotiations - sending its foreign minister to talk to Israel's prime minister, Farouk Al-Shara's refusal to shake hands and to talk directly to his negotiating partner - these were not exactly helpful in promoting a favorable climate for what, after all, was supposed to be a peace parley.
Moreover, while Prime Minister Barak kept lauding President Assad and the "great leader who created modern Syria,"
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Table of Contents
  1. A Crisis of Confidence ( )

    By Victor Cygielman Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  2. Letter to the Editors ( )

    Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  3. Focus
  4. What Has Become of the ‘Children of the Stone’? ( )
    A comprehensive survey of the involvement of Gaza youth in the Intifada, and its long-term consequences.
    By Brian Barber Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  5. Youth in the Palestinian National Movement: Painful Truths ( )
    The slow process of political progress fosters political apathy in Palestinian youth
    By Samir Seif Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  6. Reflections of an Activist ( )
    Personal impressions of a young peace activist who doubts the movement‘s effectiveness.
    By Galia Yahav Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  7. The Palestinian Student Movement after Oslo ( )
    The changing face of the student movement in Bir Zeit University.
    By Ihab Al-Jariri Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  8. Underprivileged Israeli Youth: Changing Perceptions of the Conflict ( )
    This youth is moderating its views under the influence of a changing political climate and of global cultural trends.
    By Karen Akoka Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  9. Young Palestinian Writers: Shifting Trends ( )
    Trends in the writings of young Palestinians -- the short story, the novel, the poem.
    By Tahseen Yaqeen Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  10. New Priorities for Israeli Youth? ( )
    While paying lip service to the old ideals, Israeli youth tends to give priorities to the personal ra ther than to the general good.
    By Avi Levi Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  11. Roundtable
  12. ‘Your Parents Built Their Country, and Our Parents Lost Their Country’ ( )
    A Palestine-Israel Journal debate by young Israeli and Palestinian people in their twenties, moderated by Prof. Edy Kaufman.
    Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  13. Viewpoint
  14. ‘The Problem of the Palestinian Refugees Will Be Solved When They Are Assured the Right of Return‘ ( )

    By Salim Tamari Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  15. The Economic Advantages of a Trilateral Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian Confederation ( )
    A united geographical area and a common market can facilitate speedy economic growth.
    By Arieh Hess Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  16. Toward a Confederation of Israel, Palestine and Jordan ( )
    An American professor promotes the argument for confederation.
    By William M. Evan Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  17. ‘Reconciliation and Normalization Must Precede Confederation’ ( )
    Without first achieving independence, trilateral confederation would come at the expense of the political and economic rights of the Palestinians.
    By Ghassan Khatib Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  18. Public Event
  19. MK Shimon Peres and Minister Ziad Abu-Zayyad: Questions of Peace and Dialogue ( )

    Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  20. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  21. New Historiography Challenges Old Narratives ( )
    The Israel-Palestine Question, edited by Ilan Pappe, reviewed by Bernard Sabella Israeli and Palestinian historians are examining the Arab-Israeli conflict in this new anthology.
    By Bernard Sabella Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  22. In the Middle of Al-Za’atar -- Ashort story ( )

    By Liana Badr Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  23. Vidui (Confession)-- A Poem ( )

    By Aviva Cantor Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  24. Economics
  25. A Case for a Palestinian Currency ( )
    A national currency is the symbol of an independent state. This study argues for a Palestinian currency mainly on economic grounds.
    Vol. 6 No. 4 1999
  26. Chronology of Events
  27. July 1, 1999 to October 1, 1999 ( )
    Edited by Najat Hirbawi
    Vol. 6 No. 4 1999