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The Brink of Peace By Itamar Rabinovich

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This account details Israeli Prime Minister Rabin's negotiations for peace between Syria and Israel, and their impact through two subsequent Israeli administrations. It also covers the American and Egyptian roles, and the ongoing debate between Syria and Israel on the bases for resuming talks.
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The Brink of Peace: The Israeli-Syrian Negotiations by Itamar Rabinovich

The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Itzahk Rabin destroyed a pending peace accord between Syria and Israel. This book details the failed negotiations and provides an understanding of US diplomacy in the Middle East and the larger Arab-Israeli peace process. During the period from 1992 to 1996, Itamar Rabinovich was Israel's ambassador to Washington and the chief negotiator with Syria. In this book, he looks back at the course of the negotiations, terms of which were known only to a small group of American, Israeli and Syrian officials. After Benjamin Netanyahu's election as Israel's Prime Minister in May 1996, a controversy developed. Even with Netanyahu's change of policy and harder line toward Damascus, Syria began claiming that both Rabin and his successor Peres had pledged full withdrawal from the Golan. Rabinovich takes the reader through the maze of diplomatic subtleties to explain the differences between hypothetical discussion and actual commitment. This account includes details of Rabin's negotiations and their impact through two subsequent Israeli administrations in less than a year, the American and Egyptian roles, and the ongoing debate between Syria and Israel on the factual and legal bases for resuming talks.

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The Brink of Peace Reviews

"A book for multiple audiences: scholars of diplomacy, the constituency of Arab and Israeli affairs, students of American diplomacy of the Clinton years, and literate people who want a narrative that goes behind the scenes of diplomacy. It is a flawless work.... Professor Rabinovich, after a distinguished career, has written his best work so far."--Fouad Ajami, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
"The Brink of Peace is essential reading for anyone wanting to grasp the realities of the Israeli-Syrian negotiations that were the focus of U.S. Middle Eastern policy during President Clinton's first term. A brilliant diplomat with a broad knowledge of Syrian diplomatic history, former Israeli Ambassador Rabinovich guides us through the twists, turns, and ultimate frustration of his dogged efforts on behalf of peace. Written with gusto and clarity, his book combines scholarly depth with the unique perspective of a direct, key participant in the negotiations. My State Department colleagues and I felt privileged to work with the author on a regular basis for four years, and his graphic account is an important contribution to the scholarship on the vital issue of peace in the Middle East."--Warren Christopher, former U.S. Secretary of State
"A model of its genre: a book in which an aware participant provides both the inside skinny and the larger story-both the details known only to those who were there and the historical context . . . neither burdening the reader with unnecessary information nor skimping on important facts."---Daniel Pipes, The Weekly Standard
"Rabinovich ably traces the road that Israel and Syria have traveled, and shows what may lie ahead."---Clyde Haberman, The New York Times Book Review

About Itamar Rabinovich

Itamar Rabinovich is Professor of History at Tel Aviv University, where he holds the Yona and Dina Ettinger Chair in the Contemporary History of the Middle East, and A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. Among his books are The War for Lebanon: 1970-1985, Israel in the Middle East, and The Road Not Taken: Early Arab-Israeli Negotiations.

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The Brink of Peace: The Israeli-Syrian Negotiations by Itamar Rabinovich
Itamar Rabinovich
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