Israel and the Peace Process 1977-1982

In Search of Legitimacy for Peace

By Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov

Subjects: Israel Studies
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791422205, 338 pages, September 1994
Hardcover : 9780791422199, 338 pages, October 1994

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Table of contents



1. Peace and Legitimacy

2. Begin's Rise to Power

3. Sadat's Initiative

4. Sadat's Visit to Israel

5. Begin's Peace Plan

6. Reevaluation and Negative Legitimacy

7. The Camp David Conference

8. Legitimacy for the Camp David Agreements

9. Crisis and Legitimacy

10. Implementation and Legitimacy

11. Evacuation and Legitimacy

12. Empirical and Theoretical Conclusions





Examines the Egyptian-Israeli peace negotiations and settlement and their implications for understanding the peacemaking process.

Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov is Chairman of the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Israeli-Egyptian War of Attrition 1969-1970; Linkage Politics in the Middle East; and Israel, the Superpowers, and the War in the Middle East.


"This is a serious and competent work of scholarship, clearly written, meticulously documented. Its message is that the achievement of peaceful settlement in a protracted and violent international (or interethnic) conflict is possible only if certain conditions are realized. These involve specific domestic considerations, notably legitimacy (that is, the mobilization of support) in society as well as in government at all stages of the peacemaking process. The author posits a set of concepts that provide a structure for this line of thought and then demonstrates by detailed empirical analysis how it helps to explain the successful culmination of the Israeli-Egyptian peace negotiations from their initiation in 1977 to their final implementation in 1982. " — Milton J. Esman, Cornell University

"This study situates a watershed in Arab-Israeli relations within an innovative conceptual framework. The author compels scholars to rethink the requirements for effective policymaking across the distinct stages of formulation, negotiation, and implementation. He does a very good job of highlighting the interrelationships between and among domestic and international politics and of weaving diplomatic history with international relations theory. The book is clearly interdisciplinary in its approach and should prove valuable both to scholars and to practitioners of international conflict resolution. " — Brian S. Mandell, Harvard University