The book is a fresh interpretation of Israeli foreign policy vis-à-vis the peace process, one that deems domestic political factors as the key to explain the shift within Israel from war to peace. The main assumption is that peacemaking that entails territorial compromise is an issue that can only be completely comprehended by understanding the interaction of domestic factors such as inter-party politics, ideology, personality and the politics of coalition. Although the bulk of the book focuses on how internal inputs informed the peace process, the book takes into account the external factors and how they impacted on the internal constellation of political forces in Israel.
Introduction 1. The Road to 1988: Internal Dynamics and the Making of a Peace Process 2. The Intifada: A Turning Point 3. Democratic Reform within the Labour Party: The Motive to Gain Power 4. The Politics of Personality 5. External Dynamics and Domestic Imperatives 6. Internal Dynamics and the Breakdown of the Peace Process