Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich is Israel’s former Ambassador to the United States and former Chief Negotiator with Syria in the mid 1990’s and the former president of Tel-Aviv University (1999-2007). Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History of Tel Aviv University, Distinguished Global Professor at NYU and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prof. Rabinovich has been a member of Tel Aviv University’s faculty since 1971 and served as Ettinger Professor of the Contemporary History of the Middle-East, Chairman of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Director of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Dean of Humanities and Rector.
Professor Rabinovich is the author of six books on the Modern History and Politics of the Middle East and the co-author and co-editor of several other volumes and he is the author of numerous essays and papers. His most recent books are The View from Damascus (updated, paperback edition, London, September 2011) and The Lingering Conflict: Israel, The Arabs and The Middle East, Brookings, November 2011.
The ebb and flow of Israel’s relations with the Palestinians are linked organically to its complex relationship with Arab countries. Broad trends have applied across the region. The Arabs collectively rallied against Israel in 1948, participated in the conflict when it festered and swelled, were devastated by the defeat of 1967, condemned Egypt’s Sadat in 1977 for moving toward peace, and adopted his formula only a decade later. But under the umbrella of unity, there have always been exceptions, rivalries, and tensions within the Arab world—and those differences have applied to relations with Israel. This paper explores the web of relationship between Israel and Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, and Iraq.
This text is the Chapter 8 of The Lingering Conflict: Israel, the Arabs, and the Middle East 1948-2011, Brookings, November 2011. It is here published with the permission granted by the Brooking Institution, Washington DC.
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Itamar Rabinovich, The Web of Relationship, FMSH-WP-2012-04, février 2012.