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On Golan 'deposits' and withdrawal, Haaretz, July 15, 2009

In an interview conducted by Ari Shavit with national security adviser Dr. Uzi Arad (Haaretz Magazine, July 10, 2009), we find the following two references to negotiations on the Golan Heights: to the legal-diplomatic issue ("There is no such thing," Arad's reference to the paper "deposited" by Yitzhak Rabin with the U.S. secretary of state, in which he undertook to withdraw from the Golan Heights in the event of a peace treaty) and to the substantive issue ("territorial compromise" in the Golan). The two issues are intricately connected.

A First Step Toward Obama, Haaretz, June 12, 2009

This is not a portion of U.S. President Barack Obama's address in Cairo, but a paragraph from a document that appears to be one of the most important sources of inspiration guiding his Middle East policy: the Baker-Hamilton report, published in December 2006. The Baker-Hamilton committee was a bipartisan task force headed by former secretary of state James Baker, for the Republicans, and Lee Hamilton, had chaired the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for many years, for the Democrats.

From Deposit to Commitment

The Evolution of US-Israeli-Syrian Peace Negotiations, 1993-2000.
Arab-Jewish Relations: From Conflict to Resolution? Elie Podeh and Asher Kaufman (eds.), Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 2005.

Proving US indispensability

The current fighting in Gaza has for some time been "a disaster waiting to happen". When it finally did happen this came at an inopportune time, toward the end of the US presidential transition, as the Bush administration was fading and President-elect Barack Obama adamantly (and correctly) refused to make his opinion known, let alone be drawn into the politics of the crisis.

Apologetics and Public Diplomacy

The Final Phase of Israel's Negotiation With Hafez al-Assad David Menashri (ed.) Religion and State in the Middle East (Tel Aviv, 2006) pp. 206-218.

The Middle East

in Nicholas Rizopoulos (ed.), Sea Changes: US Policy and a World Transformed, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, 1990.

Syria, Lebanon and Israel

International Journal, Summer 1990.

The Gulf Crisis and Its Aftermath

Paper presented to the conference on European Security, Athens, November 1988.

The Changing Prism: Syrian Policy in Lebanon as a Mirror, an Issue and an Instrument

in M. Ma'oz and A. Yaniv (eds), Syria under Asad (London, 1987).

The Suez-Sinai Campaign -- The Regional Dimension

in M. Shemesh and I. Troen (eds.), The Suez-Sinai Crisis (London, 1990).