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Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978–2014

Yair Hirschfeld

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An insider's account of the evolution of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from 1980 to 2009.

Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978–2014 is an important insider account of a crucial set of negotiations aimed at settling a seemingly endless conflict. It brings out many new details of negotiating sessions and internal policy and strategy debates, and it is especially insightful on the thirteen-year process that led to the September 1993 Oslo Accords. Signed on the White House lawn in the presence of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation…

An insider's account of the evolution of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from 1980 to 2009.

Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978–2014 is an important insider account of a crucial set of negotiations aimed at settling a seemingly endless conflict. It brings out many new details of negotiating sessions and internal policy and strategy debates, and it is especially insightful on the thirteen-year process that led to the September 1993 Oslo Accords. Signed on the White House lawn in the presence of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat, the treaty was a landmark occasion followed shortly thereafter by the unraveling of the Israeli-Palestinian permanent status negotiations. The historical narrative focuses on series of negotiations and ongoing efforts under particular Israeli governments. Each chapter concludes with discussions of successes, failures, and lessons learned.

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This book is... a personal account that is likely to remain an unrivalled source for the behind-the-scenes story.

[Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978–2014] is a valuable monograph, which the author has reconstructed from interviews with many participants, and from his unique collection of policy papers and minutes of meetings. Each chapter is framed within a rigorous structure, breaking down the stages of various ECF ventures, both successful and failed, and concluding with a balance sheet of 'lessons learned.'

Painstaking and often very personal account of over thirty years of track-two diplomatic efforts of peacemaking between Israeli and Palestinian interlocutors... Relying on countless personal papers and interviews as well as the unpublished policy documents... he [Yair Hirshfeld] reflects upon the trial and error back-channel negotiations that continued even in times of official stalemate, undeterred by violence and war.

With a tremendous amount of detail and perspective to the story of peacemaking during the past thirty years, the book fixes the historical record in substantial ways. Excellent work.

This is an extremely rich and valuable volume. The overall narrative is remarkably complete. There are also copious and detailed notes throughout, mostly pertaining to the events in which Hirschfeld participated, or at least observed, and also often bringing in relevant scholarly literature.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. The Camp David Accords Lay the Foundations for a Two-State Solution, 1978–79
2. The First Multitrack Diplomacy Efforts and the Unsuccessful "Jordanian Option

Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. The Camp David Accords Lay the Foundations for a Two-State Solution, 1978–79
2. The First Multitrack Diplomacy Efforts and the Unsuccessful "Jordanian Option," 1979–88
3. A Multitrack Approach to Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, 1989–91
4. Back-Channel Negotiations in Norway: The Challenges, the Planning, and the Track-Two Efforts of the Oslo Accords, 1991–93
5. Preparing for Permanent Status: The First Attempt, 1993–96
6. Keeping the Oslo Process on Track: Multitrack Diplomacy during the First Netanyahu Government, May 1996–May 1999
7. The March of Folly: Ehud Barak's Attempt to Conclude a Permanent Status Agreement, May 1999–February 2001
8. Life after Failure: The ECF in Search of a Strategy,February 2001–February 2003
9. Trial and Error in Testing Three Paradigms,January 2003–February 2009
10. The Kerry Initiative and Beyond
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Yair Hirschfeld

Yair Hirschfeld is a lecturer at the University of Haifa and director general of the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Israel.