By Ofira Seliktar
This ground-breaking booklet examines how and why the much-vaunted Oslo Peace Accords among the Israelis and Palestinians collapsed. the writer analyzes the gamers on each side of the accords, declaring the attitudes and activities that serve to undermine peace and advertise clash. at the one hand, she criticizes the Islamist corporations Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for now not tolerating the assumption of any real long term peace with Israel. nonetheless, she scrutinizes the factions for and opposed to Oslo that constructed inside of Israeli govt circles, and he or she calls into query the power of Israeli intelligence to properly determine the Palestinian negotiators. via such exam, this booklet poses a primary query: Can Islamic fundamentalism ever settle for the life of Israel or will it short-circuit any prospect of peace among majority-Muslim states and their non-Muslim opposite numbers?
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31 Much as the administration was exasperated with the Palestinians, it was Shamir who provoked most of its ire. By early 1992, Bush’s foreign policy team concluded that Shamir was bent on obstructing the peace process and that Israel’s vigorous settlement policy robbed the Washington talks of credibility. This view was predictably shared by the Labor party and undoubtedly conveyed to Washington, leading to an apparent joint effort to defeat the Shamir. The administration’s weapon of choice was the Israeli request for loan guarantees to absorb the nearly million immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
Yehezkel Dror, a Hebrew University political scientist and futurologist, was even more critical of the liberal internationalist forecast. 17 These and other observers argued that, while the West was celebrating the dawn of the new Middle East, the Islamists seized upon their success in Afghanistan to declare a crusade against the only remaining superpower and its allies in the region. On January 30, 1990, Iran held a conference ‘‘The Pursuit of the Power of Islam’’ in London, which Hamas delegates attended.
Although the meeting was denounced by mainstream Jewish organizations, the new declaration was sufficient for Shultz to announce, on December 14, 1988, the opening of a dialogue with the PLO. In a parallel Track II effort, Brookings Institution’s William Quandt, a former official on Carter’s National Security Council, teamed up with a Palestinian American Mohamed Rabie to press upon the PLO the condition under which the United States would agree to start a dialogue. Rabie, who previously had met with the Israeli scholar Shai Feldman and American Jewish peace activists, was known to have good contacts with Arafat’s people in Tunis.
Doomed to Failure?: The Politics and Intelligence of the Oslo Peace Process (PSI Reports) by Ofira Seliktar