This volume owes its genesis to Richard Murphy, ambassador and former assistant secretary of state, who first talked me into the project and then established a series of seminars, in New York and Washington, under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, during which the ideas and some of the words written here were first presented. In those seminars a number of individuals closely connected with the relationship, and some analysts and critics of it, suggested ideas that have found their way into my and Howard Rosen's thinking and analysis and some into the text of this volume. In addition, a number of U.S., Israeli, and Arab officials and academic colleagues have been kind enough to review some or all of the manuscript and have offered numerous suggestions for its improvement. Among those who participated in the seminars and/or who reviewed the draft were Graeme Bannerman, Raghida Dergham, Thomas Dine, Mark Erickson, Marvin Feuerwerger, Stanley Fischer, Leslie Gelb, Joseph Goldberg, Stephen Gotowicki, Peter Grose, John Hall, Rita Hauser, Arthur Hertzberg, Malcolm Hoenlein, Gershon Kieval, Judith Kipper, Khalil Jahshan, Les Janka, Bernard Lewis, Samuel Lewis, Richard McCormack, Judith Miller, Joseph Pelzman, James Prince, Samuel Sislen, Herbert Stein, Howard Stoffer, Peter Tarnoff, David Wurmser, Dov Zakheim, and James Zogby. Each deserves our thanks for their efforts to improve this work.
At the request of the Council on Foreign Relations I am including the following acknowledgment: "Research for this book was partly funded by a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur