TITLE

The Middle East: No More Treaties

AUTHOR(S)
Haass, Richard N.
PUB. DATE
September 1996
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Sep/Oct96, Vol. 75 Issue 5, p53
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the politics and government in the Middle East. It has been a remarkable five years in the Middle East. Beginning in October 1991, when Arabs and Israelis first met face to face in Madrid, it went on to include two Israeli-Palestine Liberation Organization accords, an Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, two grand regional economic conferences, the repeal by the United Nations General Assembly of the 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism, serious peace negotiations between Israel and Syria, and decisions by several Arab states and many other governments around the world to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. For the first time in modern history, it did not sound foolish to speak of solving the Middle East problem. That era, if five years can be said to qualify as an era, is over. Several factors account for this abrupt end, not just the June 1996 election of a more conservative Israeli government. Indeed, the era of treaties in the Middle East might well have come to an end even if the Labor government had triumphed at the polls.
ACCESSION #
9609060766

 

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