Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East

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Abdel Monem Said Aly, Shai Feldman and Khalil Shikaki
2013 - Palgrave Macmillan


The Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the most protracted and resilient of modern times. This ground-breaking new textbook explores the history of the conflict and later peacemaking efforts from competing Israeli, Palestinian and wider Arab perspectives, written by three eminent scholars and analysts from each of these backgrounds. Structured to fit a 13-week semester, each chapter introduces key developments in each period of the conflict; presents the differing Israeli, Palestinian and broader Arab narratives on these developments; and offers a unique framework for analysing and understanding these developments. The result is an engaging and truly innovative textbook that encourages a balanced approach to understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict and its pivotal role in the Middle East.


Abdel Monem Said Aly is Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo. He is also Chairman of Al-Masry Al-Youm, a leading Arabic language daily newspaper in Egypt, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, USA. Previously, Said Aly was the President of the Al-Ahram Center for Political & Strategic Studies in Cairo and the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Al-Ahram Newspaper and Publishing House. He was a distinguished visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2004 and a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University in 2003. 
 
Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University, USA. He is also Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where he serves as co-chair of the Crown-Belfer Middle East Project. In 2001-03, Feldman served as a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 1997-2005, he served as Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. 

Khalil Shikaki is Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, USA. A world-renowned expert on Palestinian public opinion and a widely published author, he has taught at several institutions, including Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and the University of South Florida. He also was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, in 2002.