Bridging the Gap by Shai Feldman

By Shai Feldman

A path-breaking collaboration among an Israeli fingers keep watch over professional and a Jordanian coverage consultant, this concise publication deals a frank evaluation of Arab and Israeli perceptions in their defense difficulties. development at the bilateral and multilateral peace technique, the authors suggest a suite of measures to extend belief among the 2 facets and escape of the protection limitation during which a stream through one facet to reinforce itself provokes the opposite part to do an identical.

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Page 3 The post-Gulf War phase of the Middle East peace process was launched at the October 1991 international conference in Madrid, cosponsored by Russia and the United States. Subsequent negotiations were both bilateral and multilateral. Initially, the bilateral Arab-Israeli negotiations were between Israel and Syria, Israel and Lebanon, and Israel and a Jordanian-Palestinian delegation. Soon thereafter, Israeli-Palestinian, and Israeli-Jordanian negotiations were separated. By contrast, it became increasingly clear that the fate of Israeli-Lebanese negotiations were tied to the outcome of the Israeli-Syrian talks.

It also discusses alternative modes for delineating the Middle East. In the next two chapters, we provide the building blocks for the proposed architecture. These chapters were written separately and chart Arab and Israeli approaches to security: threat perceptions, the strategies to withstand these threats, and arms control. We also describe Arab and Israeli views with regard to the changes that have taken place in the Middle East security environment in recent years and analyze the effects that these changes might have on strategies and arms control policies.

Page xv A number of additional clarifications are also in order. In the second and third chapters we address Israeli and Arab threat perceptions and security concerns. " In our judgment it is too early to attempt such evaluations. Moreover, for our purpose such judgments are largely irrelevant. The point is that these threat perceptions were deeply held by Arabs and Israelis and had important behavioral consequencesfirst and foremost in defense doctrines and security policies. These behavioral consequences and the extent to which they might be affected by the dramatic changes in the Middle East comprise the central focus of this book.

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