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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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The Collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

The Collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

(p.105) Chapter Three The Collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
The Peace Puzzle

Daniel C. Kurtzer

Scott B. Lasensky

William B. Quandt

Steven L. Spiegel

Shibley Z. Telhami

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the failure of the Camp David summit in the summer of 2000. The failure of the negotiations had its roots in a process dating back to the early days of diplomacy in implementing the Oslo agreements. Many of these problems were outside of American control, including the internal politics of Israel and of the Palestinians to the particular flaws of Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak and their mutual antagonism. The behavior of both sides, particularly the Israelis' continued construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories and the Palestinian failure to stop suicide bombings, had an enormous impact on mutual trust and on the prospects for peace. Ultimately, the failure to conclude an agreement at Camp David proved to be very consequential not only for the prospects of Arab–Israeli peace in the following decade but also for American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Keywords:   Camp David summit, Oslo agreements, Arab–Israeli peace, American foreign policy, Yasser Arafat, Ehud Barak, Jewish settlements

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