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Embattled neighbors: Israel, Syria and the elusive peace.

  • History
  • Middle Eastern.
  • Political Science
  • International Law And Relations.
  • Political Science


The Palestinians succeeded in reaching the Oslo breakthrough with the Israelis while the Jordanians concluded their own peace treaty with the Jewish state leaving Syria to focus on its own part of the peace process. The protracted nature of the Israeli-Syrian negotiations show that both countries are having difficulty shedding their deep-seated anxieties, ingrained habits and the traditional constraints of their domestic politics. My conclusion is that a deep peace between Israel and Syria remains elusive in the foreseeable future although a face saving settlement might probably take place on the basis of returning the Golan Heights to Syria in exchange for a cold contractual peace.

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