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By Eli Avidar

Eli Avidar appears into the abyss that divides Israel from its Arab friends, as a way to comprehend the inherent flaws, triumphing misunderstandings, and tragic blunders that signify the family and bloodletting, and the way, if in any respect attainable, to bridge the diversities. In doing so, he bargains a brand new point of view in regards to the truth of the center East and the entire clichés that experience remodeled the Hebrew-Arab lexicon right into a advanced and hopeless minefield. It increases the query of no matter if the continuing violent clash among Israel and its pals may additionally be the results of a significant brief circuit in communications. Is it attainable that Israel, which has invested efforts and assets in figuring out its adversaries, by no means even stricken to correctly comprehend their language and their tradition? Is it attainable that Israeli leaders, who made their strategy to the head throughout the army and have been privileged to understand the main deeply hidden intelligence secrets and techniques, by no means discovered to ship messages of peace and reconciliation that the opposite part may well recognize and comprehend?

Spanning six a long time, the booklet explains why the most diplomatic projects have to date did not remedy the Israel-Palestinian clash, and what should be performed to wreck out of the vicious circle of lack of know-how and mutual suspicion that characterizes the clash. Avidar makes use of his adventure as diplomatic consultant to former overseas minister Ariel Sharon and as head of Israel’s consultant workplace in Qatar to bare mystery diplomatic conferences in addition to the dynamics of the original and intricate international relations of the center East. He additionally tells concerning the actions of the 504 department of the Israel safeguard Forces Intelligence Unit, within which he served as an operator of agents.

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This remains 34 Chapter 1 el-Sisi’s policy today. Egypt will cooperate with Israel in those areas in which Egypt has a real interest, and not for the sake of friendship or peaceful relations between the two countries. On May 24, 2010, at a meeting of the Likud faction in the Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly expressed the Israeli approach, when he stated that Palestinian participation in the proximity talks and, at the same time, its intensive activity to prevent Israel’s acceptance into the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, into which Israel was later accepted) reveals its insincerity in relation to any progress in the peace process.

However, as far as we are concerned, a deliberation that does not lead to a signature is meaningless. In conversations with several Arab diplomats during my service in Qatar and other places, they told me that this behavior stems from the Arab perception that if they sign an agreement or end a process, the options are limited, while if they leave an item unresolved they have more freedom of action in the future. The peoples of the Middle East, therefore, love to leave all their options open and generally do so while emphasizing the unresolved topics so they can put off signing the completed agreement.

A Dialogue of the Deaf 29 SIGN, YOU SON OF A DOG! The Israeli and/or Western sides are repeatedly frustrated in negotiations with Arab partners because of their tendency to put off as long as possible signing any binding document. This tendency is systematic and consistent. In the numerous meetings I had over the years with Arab representatives—in my military service and diplomatic or business positions—I noticed that the Arab side always prefers to avoid as far as possible bringing things to a final resolution, or even to sign drafts.

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