From Rabin to Netanyahu: Israel's Troubled Agenda (Israeli History, Politics and Society)
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Benjamin Netanyahu's 1996 election victory marked a major turnaround in his fortunes, for only a few months earlier his political career had seemed finished. This book examines what his victory means both domestically and internationally.
to persistent efforts to implement an interim agreement with the PLO over the transfer of powers that would create a more stable five-year transitional period during which negotiations over a plan for separation and a permanent solution with the Palestinians and Jordan would take place. Evidently, an attitudinal change of such magnitude was affected by the major political events, both global and regional, in which Rabin participated. His approach to the conflict during the 1967-73 period was
lead the US to reduce its foreign assistance and to decrease its involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. A New Middle Eastern System? The demarcation line dividing the Middle Eastern and the Arab systems will gradually be blurred. The line may not disappear altogether, since the existing cultural and linguistic differences will remain, but it may become less visible in light of common interests cutting across the two systems. This development might foreshadow the emergence of a new Middle
Building Peace in the Middle East, Boulder, 1994, p.289. 43. Ibid., p.288. 44. Eliezer Ben-Rafael, ‘Democratization in the Middle East: Democracy in Israel - Values, Conflict and Power’, Paper prepared for the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Commission on Peace Building in the Middle East, Kyoto, Japan, July 1992, p. 12. 45. This is one of the central themes of Boas Evron’s Jewish State or Jewish Nation?, Bloomington, 1995. 46. John Battersby, ‘Oasis of Peace In a Desert of
DR, 6 November 1995, pp.52-3. 42. See Ma’ariv, 7 November 1995. 43. Radio Cairo, 5 November 1995, in DR, 6 November 1995, p.33. 44. Voice of Tehran, 5 November 1995, in DR, 6 November 1995, p.57. 45. See: AFP report from Tehran of 5 November 1995, and the IRIB broadcast from Tehran of the same date, in DR, 6 November 1995, p.58. 46. Al-Zahf al-Akhdar, 5, November 1995. 47. Al-Ahram, 8 November 1995. 48. See the quote in Ha-aretz, 8 November 1995. 49. AFP (Paris), 4 November 1995, in DR, 6
redresses the injustice of coercive rule over another people, but it does not justify the Jewish return to Palestine. By conceding the Palestinian right of self-determination, Israel ostensibly deprives itself of that part of its identity which provides its moral basis for "being in Israel. If Israelis were intruders in 1967, they were as much intruders at the turn of the century. An unethical origin is an unacceptable constituent of identity; no group asserts distinctiveness by dint of a trait