By Eli Avidar
Eli Avidar appears into the abyss that divides Israel from its Arab acquaintances, on the way to comprehend the inherent flaws, winning misunderstandings, and tragic error that signify the family and bloodletting, and the way, if in any respect attainable, to bridge the variations. In doing so, he deals a brand new point of view concerning the fact of the center East and the entire clichés that experience reworked the Hebrew-Arab lexicon right into a advanced and hopeless minefield. It increases the query of no matter if the continued violent clash among Israel and its buddies may also be the results of a major brief circuit in communications. Is it attainable that Israel, which has invested efforts and assets in figuring out its adversaries, by no means even stricken to correctly comprehend their language and their tradition? Is it attainable that Israeli leaders, who made their solution to the head during the army and have been privileged to grasp the main deeply hidden intelligence secrets and techniques, by no means realized to ship messages of peace and reconciliation that the opposite part may admire and comprehend?
Spanning six many years, the booklet explains why the most diplomatic tasks have to date didn't remedy the Israel-Palestinian clash, and what should be performed to wreck out of the vicious circle of lack of awareness and mutual suspicion that characterizes the clash. Avidar makes use of his event as diplomatic consultant to former international minister Ariel Sharon and as head of Israel’s consultant place of work in Qatar to bare mystery diplomatic conferences in addition to the dynamics of the original and intricate international relations of the center East. He additionally tells concerning the actions of the 504 department of the Israel safety Forces Intelligence Unit, during which he served as an operator of agents.
Read or Download The Abyss: Bridging the Divide between Israel and the Arab World PDF
Best israel & palestine books
In the course of the moment Palestinian intifada, Philip C. Winslow labored within the West financial institution with the United international locations reduction and Works corporation (UNRWA), riding as much as six hundred miles per week among virtually each Palestinian city, village, and refugee camp and each Israeli checkpoint within the occupied territory. He again ahead of the onset of the 2006 warfare among Israel and Hizbollah in Lebanon.
With new talks within the heart East Peace strategy approximately to start, the shadows of earlier negotiations fall seriously throughout all concerned. during this strong and soaking up testimony, certainly one of major figures of the Oslo talks, former leading Minister Ahmed Qurie (‘Abu Ala’) takes us at the back of closed doorways and contained in the negotiating rooms of Wye River, Stockholm and Camp David, the place the phrases of peace and a Palestinian country have been sketched out, argued over, and at last misplaced.
E-book via Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin
Additional info for The Abyss: Bridging the Divide between Israel and the Arab World
My brother, who had learned firsthand the local sentiment toward Israel, exited the car but left the keys in the ignition and the motor running. After he rang the bell, the door opened and the two Israelis were met by a tall, corpulent Egyptian wearing a white, wide galabeya. ) the man asked. In fluent Arabic with an Egyptian dialect, my brother explained to the Egyptian who they were and the object of their visit. ” The door closed and the two Israelis remained standing there. My brother, who was uneasy, looked through the peephole.
You Israelis have a romantic view of life, but I suggest that you sober up. After you sign a peace treaty with Syria, it will take years until you can eat hummus in each other’s country. ” For us Israelis, it is easy to forget and change gears completely, but, as I pointed out, it’s not like that in the Arab world. HASTE IS FROM THE DEVIL In the study of cultures, two opposing methods of perceiving time have been identified. One is a monochromic view of time, prevalent among individualistic cultures, such as those in the West.
We tend to wrongly interpret the Arab speaker’s words and intentions and, consequently, react with suspicion and even hostility. It is interesting that our representatives, who often come to the negotiation table after being chosen by the people in democratic elections, feel that they can freely make hard decisions that might be viewed as a lack of commitment to the voters, while their Arab counterparts, most of whom have not been elected (at least until recently), nonetheless (perhaps actually because of that) are so apprehensive about their public image at every stage of the negotiations.