Israel and Palestine: Peace Plans and Proposals from Oslo to Disengagement (Updated 2008 Edition)

“Delivering a readable and remarkably evenhanded account, Golan, an Israeli activist and professor of government, dissects each of the major Israeli and Palestinian peace attempts, from Oslo in 1993 to the 2005 Israeli disengagement from Gaza, and evaluates the current prospects for peace. Her conclusion is refreshingly, if ambitiously, optimistic; despite the violence and intransigence of both sides, she argues that Israelis and Palestinians are substantially closer to peace now than when the talks began.”
Publishers Weekly

The Oslo Accords, inaugurated with the historic Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn, marked a promising breakthrough for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These Accords, however, turned out to be but the first in a series of numerous proposals and plans over the next ten years, all designed to cope with repeated failures and disappointments as well as the major issues of the conflict itself. Golan explores these plans and proposals, concentrating on the key issues addressed by the parties directly involved, along with the contributions of the Americans, the Quartet as a whole, and the Arab League. This book is a valuable resource for understanding the conflict, the issues involved and the prospects for peaceful resolution.

Dr. Galia Golan (Professor of Government at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya and Darwin Professor Emerita of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) has been involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict both as a political scientist and as an active participant in unofficial peace efforts. She is the author of numerous articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict and eight books mainly on Soviet policies in the Middle East, including The Soviet Union and the Palestine Liberation Organization: An Uneasy Alliance.