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Israel, Jordan, and the Peace Process (review)

Israel, Jordan, and the Peace Process (review) Book Reviews Israel, Jordan, and the Peace Process, by Yehuda Lukacs. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1997. 258 pp. $39.95. Since much of the literature on the Arab-Israeli conflict is focused on the Palestinian dimension, it is easy to overlook the other Arab factor in this drama, namely Jordan. Perhaps one reason for this is Jordan's contested claim in Palestine, although realism, as well as geopolitics, necessitates taking a closer look at this significant regional player. One could even go as far as saying that no political entity influenced this conflict as much as Jordan. Given its long tenure as the reigning power in the West Bank, as well as its control over the lives of many Jordanian Palestinians in the East Bank, Jordan's interests can neither be ignored nor side-stepped. . Because Jordan's relations with Israel, furthermore, were always shadowy and secretive, very little could be said about the nature of its actual long-term objectives in Eastern Palestine. Until the publication of Avi Shlaim's Collusion Across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine (1988), all information about covert Jordanian contacts with the Jewish state was confined to the realm of speculation and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Israel, Jordan, and the Peace Process (review)

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Book Reviews Israel, Jordan, and the Peace Process, by Yehuda Lukacs. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1997. 258 pp. $39.95. Since much of the literature on the Arab-Israeli conflict is focused on the Palestinian dimension, it is easy to overlook the other Arab factor in this drama, namely Jordan. Perhaps one reason for this is Jordan's contested claim in Palestine, although realism, as well as geopolitics, necessitates taking a closer look at this significant regional player. One could even go as far as saying that no political entity influenced this conflict as much as Jordan. Given its long tenure as the reigning power in the West Bank, as well as its control over the lives of many Jordanian Palestinians in the East Bank, Jordan's interests can neither be ignored nor side-stepped. . Because Jordan's relations with Israel, furthermore, were always shadowy and secretive, very little could be said about the nature of its actual long-term objectives in Eastern Palestine. Until the publication of Avi Shlaim's Collusion Across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine (1988), all information about covert Jordanian contacts with the Jewish state was confined to the realm of speculation and

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1999

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