The Middle East Peace Process

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by Ilan Peleg

Subjects: Middle East Politics
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791435427, 300 pages, November 1997
Hardcover : 9780791435410, 300 pages, November 1997

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Table of contents


Part I. Historical Perspectives

1. The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process in Historical Perspective

Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan

2. The Historians' Debate in Israel and the Middle East Peace Process

Mordechai Bar-On

Part II. Peace and Israeli Attitudes

3. The Peace Process and Competing Challenges to the Dominant Zionist Discourse

Myron J. Aronoff and Pierre M. Atlas

4. Two People Apart: Israeli Jews' and Arabs' Attitudes Toward the Peace Process

Tamar S. Hermann and Ephrain Yuchtman-Yaar

Part III. Peace and Israeli Institutions

5. Political Institutions and Conflict Resolution: The Israeli Supreme Court and the Peace Process

Gad Barzilai

6. The Peace Process and Societal-Military Relations in Israel

Stuart A. Cohen

Part IV. Peace and the Palestinians

7. The PLO and the Peace Process

JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz

8. Palestinian Christians and the Peace Process: The Dilemma of a Minority

Daphne Tsimhoni

Part V. Jordan and Peace

9. Jordan in the Middle East Peace Process: From War to Peace with Israel

Curtis R. Ryan

10. Israel's "Jordanian Option": A Post-Oslo Reassessment

Aharon Klieman

Part VI. Peace and Economics

11. Labor in a Peaceful Middle East: Regional Prosperity or Social Dumping?

Guy Mundlak

12. The Peace Dividend: The Economy of Israel and the Peace Process

Ofira Seliktar

Epilogue: The Peace Process and Israel's Political Kulturkampf

Ilan Peleg


About the Contributors


A comprehensive, interdisciplinary look at the history of and complex issues surrounding the peace process in the Middle East.


This volume offers a series of focused analyses of various aspects of the peace process. This interdisciplinary book includes insights developed by scholars in such diverse disciplines as anthropology, economics, history, law, political science, social psychology, and international relations. Although the book is strongest in dealing with Israel's political behavior, it also focuses specifically on the Palestinians and on Jordan. The contributors combine the perspective of the last few years; the insights of a variety of social science disciplines, making the complexity of the Middle East situation more manageable and penetrable; and offer a commitment to an analysis which is relatively detached from everyday politics and non-normative in tone and in essence.

Contributors include Myron J. Aronoff, Pierre M. Atlas, Mordechai Bar-On, Gad Barzilai, Neil Caplan, Stuart A. Cohen, JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz, Laura Zittrain Eisenberg, Tamar S. Hermann, Aharon Klieman, Guy Mundlak, Ilan Peleg, Curtis R. Ryan, Ofira Seliktar, Daphne Tsimhoni, and Ephraim Yuchtman-Yaar.

Ilan Peleg is Charles A. Dana Professor of Social Science at Lafayette College and President of the Association for Israel Studies. He has also written Begin's Foreign Policy, 1977-1983: Israel's Move to the Right and Human Rights in the West Bank and Gaza.


"The book is true to its title and preface: it brings together a truly interdisciplinary group of scholars who approach the peace process from a variety of disciplines." — Kevin Avruch, George Mason University

"Unlike many books based on collections of articles, this one contains an interesting diversity around a credible theme. Although the authors represent different disciplines and perspectives, they maintain consistency with the theme of the book. Furthermore, unlike many collections, these articles are not merely of passing interest or relevance, but will remain of value to scholars for some time." — Don Peretz, Binghamton University