The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict - Part IV, pp. 340-382 Summary & Analysis

Walter Lacquer and Barry Rubin
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Part IV, pp. 340-382 Summary and Analysis

Y. Harkabi addresses the issue of the meaning of a democratic Palestinian state. The different Palestinian groups disagree on the meaning which causes a split between the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine of George Habash. It is felt that the term "democratic state" makes the Arab organizations look good. They want an independent Palestinian state as part of a unified Arab state in which the Israeli Jews will have minority rights. The state will have a definite Arab character. This means that there must be fewer Jews in the region.

Walter Laqueur analyzes the prospects of peace between Israel and Egypt. The Arabs have to psychologically accept the existence of Israel before they can negotiate and work out their problems. At the opening...

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