A Possible Peace Between Israel and Palestine: An Insider's Account of the Geneva Initiative

Author:   Menachem Klein ,  Haim Watzman
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
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9780231139045


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   30 August 2007
Format:   Hardback
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A Possible Peace Between Israel and Palestine: An Insider's Account of the Geneva Initiative


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In 2003, after two years of negotiations, a group of prominent Israelis and Palestinians signed a model peace treaty. The document, popularly called the Geneva Initiative, contained detailed provisions resolving all outstanding issues between Israel and the Palestinian people, including drawing a border between Israel and Palestine, dividing Jerusalem, and determining the status of the Palestinian refugees. The negotiators presented this citizens' initiative to the Israeli and Palestinian peoples and urged them to accept it. One of the Israeli negotiators was Menachem Klein, a political scientist who has written extensively about the Jerusalem issue in the context of peace negotiations. Although the Geneva Initiative was not endorsed by the governments of either side, it became a fundamental term of reference for solving the Middle East conflict. In this firsthand account, Klein explains how and why these groups were able to achieve agreement. He directly addresses the formation of the Israeli and Palestinian teams, how they managed their negotiations, and their communications with both governments. He also discusses the role of third-party facilitators and the strategy behind marketing the Geneva Initiative to the public. A scholar and participant in the Geneva negotiations, Klein is able to provide both an inside perspective and an impartial analysis of the diplomatic efforts behind this historic compromise. He compares the negotiations to previous Israeli-Palestinian talks both formal and informal and the resolution of conflicts in South Africa and Algeria. Klein hopes that by treating the event as a case study we can learn a tremendous amount about the needs and approaches of both parties and the necessary shape peace must take between them.

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Author:   Menachem Klein ,  Haim Watzman
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.482kg
ISBN:  

9780231139045


ISBN 10:   0231139047
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   30 August 2007
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

IntroductionMaps1. The Road from Taba to Genev2. Dividing Divided Jerusalem3. Geneva in PerspectiveEpilogueBibliographyIndex

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Recommended. -- CHOICE Klein's first-hand account and cogent analysis attests to a positive alternative to the unilateralism and violence that have come to characterize recent Israeli--Palestinian relations. -- Nigel Parsons, International Affairs


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Menachem Klein is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and was a team member of the Geneva Initiative negotiations of 2003. He has advised both the Israeli government and the Israeli delegation for peace talks with the PLO (2000), and was a fellow at Oxford University and a visiting professor at MIT. Klein is the author of Jerusalem: The Contested City and The Jerusalem Problem: The Struggle for Permanent Status. Haim Watzman has translated works by David Grossman, Amos Oz, Tom Segev, and other leading Israeli writers and scholars. He is the author of Company C: An American's Life as a Citizen Soldier in Israel and A Crack in the Earth: A Journey Up Israel's Rift Valley.

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