Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs, 1948-2003

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4
EHUD BARAK AND
THE COLLAPSE OF THE
PEACE PROCESS

Ehud Barak was elected as Israel's prime minister on May 17, 1999; on July 6 he presented his coalition government to the Knesset. He had conducted his election campaign as Yitzhak Rabin's heir—a high-ranking military man and a former chief of staff of the IDF—who went into politics in order to provide Israel with peace embedded in a solid new security regime.1 But as prime minister, Barak adopted a style radically different from Rabin's. Rabin moderated his bold decisions through his preference for gradualism; Barak sought to cut the Arab-Israeli Gordian knot with one bold stroke. He concluded that the phased approach to Israeli-Arab peacemaking had run its course, and acted out of a deeply held conviction that the failure to reach a swift comprehensive Arab-Israeli settlement would inevitably lead to a large-scale collision.

Barak set a formidable challenge for himself by formulating ambitious goals and a brief timetable in his public

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1: The Background 1
  • 2: Madrid and Oslo: Years of Hope 38
  • 3: Years of Stagnation 78
  • 4: Ehud Barak and the Collapse of the Peace Process 123
  • 5: Sharon, Bush, and Arafat 181
  • 6: The Web of Relationships 220
  • 7: Peace and Normalization 267
  • 8: Conclusion 305
  • Notes 315
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