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Yechiam Weitz

This article deals with the disappearance of Menachem Begin, the leader and the chairman of the Herut movement and the sixth Prime Minister of Israel (1977-1983). He disappeared from the political arena for about half a year: from the defeat of his party in the elections of the Second Knesset (26 July 1951) until the debate in the Knesset about the reparations from West Germany. Four central topics will be discussed: (1) the reasons for his disappearance; (2) his whereabouts and activities during that period; (3) the reason for his return to the political arena and the connection between his return and the debate about the reparations; and (4) the significance of this story for Begin's biography.

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Lessons from the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Talks

An Interview with Aharon Barak

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

This article is based on an interview conducted in July 2018 with Aharon Barak. In it, Barak reflects on the peace negotiations with Egypt at Camp David during 13 days in September 1978. While expressing great appreciation for the American negotiating team, first and foremost for President Jimmy Carter, for bringing the talks to a successful close, Barak considers negotiating with Carter as the toughest experience of his life. According to Barak, who had just completed his role as legal advisor to the government (1975–1978) and was appointed to the Supreme Court, the key people in the Israeli delegation were Menachem Begin, Moshe Dayan, and Ezer Weizman, while the key players in the Egyptian delegation were Anwar Sadat and Osama El-Baz. The negotiations went through ups and downs and had reached the brink of collapse until the Americans proposed that Carter negotiate directly with El-Baz and Barak. In the article’s conclusion, some important insights are deduced from this interview for future, successful negotiations.

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Naïve scientists and conflict analysis

Learning through case studies

R. William Ayres

-Day War, 1967 Strategies: Turkey Street Uprisings, 2013 Stalemate: Kashmir, ongoing Third-party involvement: Afghanistan, 1980s Negotiated solution: Camp David, 1978 This choice of cases came from a mix of motives. I wanted to use

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Mor Cohen

(2008: 26) where he argues that the “leading young artists” express a sense of powerlessness and despair, especially after the failure of the Camp David peace summit and the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000. Mendelsohn argues that this despair

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Menachem Klein

addressed in a volume edited by Jan-Werner Muller (2002) . The current article focuses on the agents implementing or resisting the selective erasure of memory in Jerusalem, both East and West, since the Camp David summit in 2000, where for the first time

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The Costs of German Division

A Research Report

Werner Pfennig, Vu Tien Dung, and Alexander Pfennig

“connected with the division of Germany.” In February 1990, at Camp David, Chancellor Kohl informed his host, President George H.W. Bush that people in Germany were very much in favor of unification. Yet, at the same time, there were worries about possible

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Hilla Dayan, Anat Stern, Roman Vater, Yoav Peled, Neta Oren, Tally Kritzman-Amir, Oded Haklai, Dov Waxman, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Alan Dowty, and Raffaella A. Del Sarto

1967, in the face of the Labor Party's inability to agree on a course of action with regard to the newly occupied territories; with the Rabin assassination in 1995; or at the Camp David summit in July 2000, holding on to that dead paradigm obscures the

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Dan Avnon, Nitzan Lebovic, Raymond Cohen, Elie Friedman, Sara Helman, Gad Barzilai, and Ari Ariel

only during diplomatic negotiations—at Camp David in 2000, Taba in 2001, and Annapolis in 2008. Thus, the authors’ complete lack of faith in negotiations in favor of popular resistance offers a skewed view of reality. While coordinated popular

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Dan Rabinowitz, Russell Stone, Guy Ben-Porat, Paul Scham, Wilhelm Kempf, Lior Libman, and Asaf Sharabi

–1992), Oslo/Camp David (1996–2000); and a “Near Breakthrough”: the Annapolis Process, encompassing Palestine and Syria in 2007–2008 (5–6). There is little ‘new’ material in the book, in the sense of new research discoveries or unusual interpretations (with

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Menachem Klein

in Palestine recently became an attractive subject for new critical Israeli historians. One may assume that the decline of the two-state solution since the failure of the Camp David talks in 2000 and the growing public discourse on alternatives, such