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Perspectives on Arab-Israeli Diplomacy

Filed under: International Law, Israel, Palestinians, Peace Process
Publication: Special Features

Perspectives on Arab-Israeli Diplomacy

The current efforts of the Obama administration to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace talks come after years in which the two sides have not been engaged in any negotiations. This diplomatic hiatus has had an impact on the public discourse about the questions involved. Many observers in academia, government, and journalism are frequently not familiar with all the nuances that will be raised. The list of studies presented below is intended to fill that vacuum by providing key background papers on the most critical issues that will be on the negotiating table. The authors of these works are former senior diplomats, military officers, and governmental advisors, thus providing the reader an insider’s perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the options to be considered for its resolution.

Major Themes

The Legal Basis of Israel’s Rights in the Disputed Territories (2010)
Amb. Alan Baker

Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People: From the San Remo Conference (1920) to the Netanyahu-Abbas Talks (2010)
Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum

The Myth of Israel as a Colonialist Entity (The New Republic, 2010)
Amb. Dore Gold

The Settlements Issue: Distorting the Geneva Convention and the Oslo Accords (2011)
Amb. Alan Baker

The Refugee Question

The Palestinian Refugees on the Day after “Independence” (2011)
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

The Plight of the Refugees and Resolution 242 (2009)
Prof. Ruth Lapidoth

The Forgotten Narrative: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries (2005)
Dr. Avi Beker

The Mechanics of Peace

Land Swaps’ and the 1967 Lines (Weekly Standard, 2011)
Amb. Dore Gold

The Risks of Foreign Peacekeeping Forces in the West Bank (2011)
Maj.-Gen. [res.] Yaakov Amidror

The Arab Peace Initiative: A Primer and Future Prospects (2009)
Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum

Demilitarization – Preventing Military and Terrorist Threats from Within and By Way of the Palestinian Territories (2010)
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

Linking the Gaza Strip with the West Bank: Implications of a Palestinian Corridor Across Israel (2007)
Justus Reid Weiner J.D. and Dr. Diane Morrison

Israel’s Right to Secure Boundaries

Defensible Borders To Secure Israel’s Future (2011)
Maj.-Gen. [res.] Uzi Dayan

The Principles of Peacemaking (2009)
Amb. Richard Holbrooke

The Territorial Clauses of Security Council Resolution 242 (2009)
Amb. Yehuda Blum

Resolution 242: An Analysis of its Main Provisions (2009)
Prof. Ruth Lapidoth

UN Security Council Resolution 242 (1967)
Statements Clarifying the Meaning of UN Security Council Resolution 242 (2009)