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Dynamics of the Arab-Israel Conflict

Past and Present: Intellectual Odyssey II

Authors: Brecher, Michael

  • Presents reflections from nearly seven decades of research and publications on the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Analyzes rich archive of original interviews with the first two generations of Israeli leaders and Egyptian officials and academics
  • Offers historical reflections about Israel’s behavior, domestically and externally, in 1948-1949 and 2008 and beyond
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This book comprises findings from the author's wide-ranging research since 1948 on the unresolved Arab/Israel protracted conflict. Brecher reflects back on his detailed analysis of the UN Commission created in November 1947, and his near-seven decades of research and publications on this complex protracted conflict continued since the first of nine Arab/Israeli wars. The book includes an analysis of the crucial early phase of the unresolved struggle for control of Jerusalem in 1948-49 and beyond, based on extensive interviews with Israel’s leaders and prominent Egyptian senior officials, journalists and academics. It addresses the many diverse attempts at conflict resolution, including a peace plan to resolve the Arab/Israel conflict of the author's own design. It concludes with historical reflections about Israel’s behavior, domestically and externally, in 1948-1949 and 2008 and beyond. No other book on this protracted conflict contains so many important interviews with the first two generations of Israeli leaders and Egyptian officials and academics, and no other author can speak from such a deep and prolonged engagement.

About the authors

Michael Brecher has authored 20 books and 85 articles, and edited 6 books in International Relations and Political Science, including two prestigious book awards, from the American Historical Association, for Nehru: A Political Biography (1959), and the Woodrow Wilson Prize, American Political Science Association, for the best book in politics and international affairs, The Foreign Policy System of Israel (1972). He has received Nuffield, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Canada Council Research Fellowships, and has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, USA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Stanford University, USA.

Reviews

“In this volume Michael Brecher reveals many fascinating aspects of his own intellectual autobiography. Eschewing narrow disciplinary loyalties, he provides a sophisticated overview of the complex Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian disputes. Brecher’s Ben-Gurion/Sharett paradigm for analyzing Israel’s foreign policy options (ch. 5) has become classic, but his contributions to this field go far wider and deeper, as this multi-faceted collection attests. The author is inclusive and pluralistic in offering explanations of the history, evolution and dynamics of this protracted conflict, incorporating the insights of a lifetime of personal experience and displaying the highest standards of academic rigor. A rare example of wise and engaged scholarship speaking about – and to – the real, but flawed, world of decision-makers.” (Neil Caplan , author of “The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories” (2009) and co-author (with Laura Eisenberg) of “Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities” (2nd ed., 2010))

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Many Paths to Knowledge

    Brecher, Michael

    Pages 1-8

  • Historical Roots

    Brecher, Michael

    Pages 9-14

  • Struggle for Jerusalem

    Brecher, Michael

    Pages 15-33

  • Arab–Israel Perceptions

    Brecher, Michael

    Pages 35-42

  • Israeli Leaders’ Perceptions of the Arabs, the Arab–Israel Conflict, and Peace: Formative Generation, 1948–77

    Brecher, Michael

    Pages 43-52

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dynamics of the Arab-Israel Conflict
Book Subtitle
Past and Present: Intellectual Odyssey II
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47575-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47575-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47574-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 410
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