Clinton's World: Remaking American Foreign Policy

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12
Oslo and Beyond

The formal 1996 election campaign in the United States had barely begun when two crises in the Middle East erupted--again. The first was another confrontation with Iraq. The second was a new clash between Israel and the Palestinians. Each was serious enough to threaten the president's prospects in his campaign for reelection. The Clinton administration's handling of these two crises illustrated its strengths and weaknesses. In the confrontation with Saddam Hussein, the administration acted quickly and advertised the outcome as a victory; but it was in fact a failure, as would become clear later in the second term. American intervention in a growing standoff between Israel and Palestine was also only partly successful. During the second term it too would turn out to be an illusion.

Throughout the Cold War the United States had had to wrestle with the conflict between Israel and the Arabs. The nature of the problem that confronted Clinton in 1993, however, was significantly different. For the first time, the prospects for a peaceful settlement seemed promising. The Clinton administration's involvement with the Middle East peace process began with a genuinely dramatic and historic moment on the afternoon of September 13, 1993. Hollywood could not have staged it better.

The scene was the South Lawn of the White House, sun drenched, of course. In the background was the Oval Office and the Rose Garden. Stretched along a small raised platform was a heavy table adorned with weighty, leather-bound documents. Behind the table, standing center stage, was President Clinton. On his right was the prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin; on Clinton's left was Yasir Arafat, the longtime leader of the

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  • 1- The Legacy 1
  • 2- Mandate for Change 15
  • 3- Intervention 29
  • 4- Nation Building 51
  • 5- South of the Border 67
  • 6- Russia 79
  • 7- European Security 93
  • 8- Asian Tangles 109
  • Notes 124
  • 9- Unsinkable Japan 127
  • 10- Watershed 137
  • 11- Endgame 145
  • 12- Oslo and Beyond 155
  • Notes 168
  • 13 171
  • 14- Crisis Management 185
  • 15- Between Hope And History 197
  • Selected Bibliography 207
  • Index 209
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