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4 - Engagement Incomplete

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 December 2020

Amnon Aran
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City University London
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Chapter 4 exposes the growing contradiction in Israel’s engagement foreign policy stance, which, in certain respects, was advancing. By September 1995, Israel and the PLO had concluded the Oslo II interim agreement; Israel’s emerging ties with Arab countries in the Gulf and the Maghreb were continuing; and negotiations with Syria at an ambassadorial level and between the respective countries’ militaries’ chiefs of staff were maintained. At the same time, the domestic challenges to Israel’s policy of engagement intensified, prompting a flawed response from the Rabin government. Amid deteriorating security, Israel deployed coercive measures against the Palestinians, undermining the political standing of the Palestinian leadership, economy, and public support for negotiations with Israel. Nonetheless, terrorist attacks against Israelis continued, weakening the domestic legitimacy of engagement in Israel and fueling domestic opposition. Shifting the lens to Syria, the government attempted to sway domestic opposition to negotiations via public diplomacy with Syria’s obstinate and hostile President al-Assad, which backfired as al-Assad rejected all Israeli overtures. The chapter ends by uncovering how the failure to produce a breakthrough with Syria influenced Israel’s Iran policy, highlighting that Israel’s foreign policy of engagement remained vulnerable and incomplete.

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  • Engagement Incomplete
  • Amnon Aran, City University London
  • Book: Israeli Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War
  • Online publication: 15 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107280618.007
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  • Engagement Incomplete
  • Amnon Aran, City University London
  • Book: Israeli Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War
  • Online publication: 15 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107280618.007
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  • Engagement Incomplete
  • Amnon Aran, City University London
  • Book: Israeli Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War
  • Online publication: 15 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107280618.007
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