Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Track-Two Diplomacy: Toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Track-Two Diplomacy: Toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014

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Track-Two Diplomacy: Toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014. By Yair Hirschfeld. Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. 472 pp. $44.95, paper.

Hirschfeld tells the fascinating story of how, together with a handful of colleagues, he served from 1978 through 2014 as a private "foreign ministry" for Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres both before, during, and after they served as Israeli deputy foreign minister and foreign minister, respectively. During that time, Hirschfeld assisted them in track-two diplomacy and exploring new ideas and models of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute through informal discussions with Palestinians and others. (This reviewer was asked to join the small Israeli team that met in Oslo with the Palestine Liberation Organization to help negotiate the Oslo agreement.)

Hirschfeld has been committed to track-two diplomacy, mostly related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for more than thirty-five years, concurrently wearing several hats in the process: academic, think tank, and political. …

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