Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, The Arabs, and the Region 1948-2022


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Brookings Institution Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.84 inches | 1.21 pounds

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About the Author

Itamar Rabinovich is a distinguished nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution. A professor and president emeritus at Tel Aviv University, he served as Israel's ambassador to the United States and chief negotiator with Syria. His most recent book, with Carmit Valensi, is Syrian Requiem (Princeton, 2021).


Adding new material to and bringing up-to-date his 2003 history of Israel's foreign policy relations, Rabinovich's new book, The Lingering Conflict, reflects the author's keen strategic insights and the perspective gained as an important participant in key Arab-Israeli negotiations. With its informed analysis of the consequences of the Arab Spring, this book makes a major contribution toward understanding the tangled issues that stand in the way of Middle East peace.--Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State
There is no better guide than Itamar Rabinovich to the story of Israel and the Arabs over the past half-century. His careful chronicle of peacemaking efforts makes depressing reading, as a story of courageous efforts that failed and opportunities that were missed. In this new edition, Itamar's Rabinovitch's book is even more the essential go-to resource for people who want to understand Israel In the Middle East.--David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post and author of Blood Money
Middle Eastern Maze is the latest of the essential books on Middle East politics by Itamar Rabinovich, one of the foremost scholars of the region. Partly an update of an earlier volume, but loaded with new and informative insights, this book draws on Rabinovich's intimate knowledge of Arab and Israeli politics, as well as his engagement in active diplomacy in the 1990s. It is a masterful volume, accessible to the general public, and an important read for regional experts.--Daniel Kurtzer, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel