Peacemaking: The Inside Story of the 1994 Jordanian-Israeli by Abdul Majali, Jawad A. Anani, Munther J. Haddadin

By Abdul Majali, Jawad A. Anani, Munther J. Haddadin

This booklet, the one first-hand account from the Jordanian point of view of the 1994 peace contract among Jordan and Israel, is an important contribution to our realizing of the complexities of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations.

In 1994, Jordan and Israel completed a peace treaty via bilateral negotiations initiated and subsidized by means of the us and the Soviet Union. This booklet unearths in candid aspect the problems of negotiating with different Arab international locations in addition to with Israel, the problem of countering family competition, and the triumph of accomplishing an agreement.

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Rubinstein sat in the middle with Majali and Abdul Shafi on either side. Another issue was the separation of the Jordanian and the Palestinian delegations. ‘Listen, Ely,’ Majali said to Rubinstein, ‘Jordan’s issues with Israel are different from the issues Israel has with the Palestinians. Besides, we do not want others to share our problems with us, nor do we, for that matter, want to participate in the discussion of any Palestinian–Israeli issue. ’ ‘I understand, Pasha, I understand. ’ Majali stood up and started to pace up and down in front of the sofa as Rubinstein kept talking.

The Palestinians insisted on a separate delegation and a separate room for negotiations, but did not mind the presence of one Jordanian delegate to honor the character of the joint delegation. They also agreed that the heads of the three delegations could meet for half an hour the following morning to settle this issue. On Tuesday, December 10 our delegation arrived again at the C-Street entrance of the State Department in black limousines. The sequence of the limousines reflected the hierarchy of the occupants’ seniority.

35] 509 02 Peacemaking Chapter 2 13/12/05 2:46 PM Page 36 PEACEMAKING ‘I am asking who you are,’ Haddadin said, pretending that he did not know who Rubinstein was. ’ ‘Oh, I know who you are. You were born in 1940 to a Christian family in the town of Maien. You earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt, and a Master’s degree and a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. You are married to an American lady, and you have three kids,’ Rubinstein listed with a proud smile.

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