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The Peace PuzzleAmerica's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011$
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Daniel C. Kurtzer, Scott B. Lasensky, William B. Quandt, Steven L. Spiegel, and Shibley Z. Telhami

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451478

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451478.001.0001

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Opportunities Created, Opportunities Lost

Opportunities Created, Opportunities Lost

Negotiations at Oslo and Madrid

(p.15) Chapter One Opportunities Created, Opportunities Lost
The Peace Puzzle

Daniel C. Kurtzer

Scott B. Lasensky

William B. Quandt

Steven L. Spiegel

Shibley Z. Telhami

Cornell University Press

This chapter evaluates the transition from George W. Bush to Bill Clinton through the Israeli–Palestinian negotiations. After the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991, U.S. diplomacy encouraged direct, bilateral negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and U.S. diplomats focused largely on procedural issues of arranging the venues and scheduling the rounds of negotiations. However, the negotiations themselves lagged and it wasn't until June 1993 that the United States offered few substantive ideas for breaking the holdup. Meanwhile, Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasir Arafat began reaching out to each other in what became known as the Oslo negotiations. The United States dismissed the Oslo talks as unrealistic, thereby also missing an opportunity to influence the fundamental agreement that was to emerge in the 1993 PLO–Israel Declaration of Principles.

Keywords:   Israeli–Palestinian negotiations, Madrid Peace Conference, U.S. diplomacy, Oslo negotiations, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, Yasir Arafat

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