Deception and Israeli Peacemaking since 1967

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Galia Golan Hebrew University of Jerusalem ggolan@mail.huji.ac.il

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Abstract

The failure to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict for many years has often been attributed in significant part to the absence of trust in the sincerity of the other side and, more specifically, to the recalcitrant nature of the opponent. Analyses of past proposals and actual negotiations have pointed out missed opportunities, possibly the result of misperceptions or misunderstandings. Recent archival research, publications, and interviews regarding the Israeli protagonists reveal that actual deception, as distinct from ‘misperception’, may have been at play. The article examines this phenomenon as it has appeared since 1967 in six instances of Israeli government dealings with its own public and with the US or the international community, even in recent months, due primarily to an unwillingness to withdraw from the Occupied Territories or agree to enter serious negotiations for ending the conflict with the Palestinians.

Contributor Notes

GALIA GOLAN is Darwin Professor Emerita of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, former Chair of its Political Science Department, and author of 10 books, including Israeli Peacemaking Since 1967: Factors for the Breakthroughs and Failures (2014); an autobiography, Galia Golan: An Academic Pioneer (2018); and forthcoming Spoilers and Coping with Spoilers: Israeli Negotiations (2019, co-edited with Gilead Sher). She is the recipient of the International Studies Association 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award and the Israel Political Science Association's 2007 Award for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution to the Field. E-mail: ggolan@mail.huji.ac.il

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