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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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George W. Bush Reshapes America’s Role

George W. Bush Reshapes America’s Role

(p.154) Chapter Four George W. Bush Reshapes America’s Role
The Peace Puzzle

Daniel C. Kurtzer

Scott B. Lasensky

William B. Quandt

Steven L. Spiegel

Shibley Z. Telhami

Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses the peace process during the first term of President George W. Bush. When Bush entered office, he rejected the deep involvement of the American president to the details of Arab–Israeli diplomacy. In September 2000, the Palestinians had launched the second Intifada and within a few months of Bush's accession to the presidency, Palestinian violence—including suicide bombings—and Israeli retaliation had become very deadly. Equally important, the policy of the Bush administration after the terrorism of 9/11 included little interest in the peace process. Indeed, although Bush became the first U.S. president to offer official support for the creation of a Palestinian state, the administration during Bush's first term became ideologically fixated on the region's other problems first—including the achievement of political reform in Palestine—before considering active engagement in Arab–Israeli affairs.

Keywords:   Bush administration, Arab–Israeli diplomacy, Intifada, 9/11, Palestinian state, peace process, terrorism, suicide bombing

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