The Arab-Israeli peace process initiated in the wake of the Gulf War has once again brought the question of Palestinian autonomy to the forefront of Middle East politics. Palestinian autonomy has been debated since the Camp David Accords in 1978, and a fascinating and largely unexamined record of ideas, proposals, and understandings has accumulated
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- An Introduction to the Arab-Israeli Conflict -- Origins of Autonomy -- “A Little Air”: Autonomy and Camp David -- The “Good Faith” Negotiations: 1979–1980 -- Bad Luck and Bad Timing: 1981–1982 -- From Autonomy to Self-Government -- American Policy and Palestinian Self-Government -- Land and Water, Security and Peace -- Appendices -- Security Council Resolution 242 Concerning Principles for a just and Lasting Peace in the Middle East November 22, 1967 -- Security Council Resolution 338 Concerning the October War October 22, 1973 -- The Peace Plan of Israel as Presented in a Speech of Prime Minister Menachem begin in the Knesset* December 28, 1977 -- The Camp David Accords September 17, 1978 -- Letter from Israeli Prime Minister Menachem begin and Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat to President Jimmy Carter March 26, 1979 -- The Israeli Autonomy Model January 16, 1980 -- Egyptian Autonomy Model January 29, 1980 -- Linowitz Report* January 14, 1981 -- Israel’s Final Autonomy Proposal January, 1982 -- President Ronald Reagan’s Talking Points sent to Prime Minister begin* September 1, 1982 -- Reagan Peace Initiative* September 1, 1982 -- Peres-Hussein Agreement (The London Document)* April 11, 1987 -- Palestinian “Fourteen Points” Proposal* January 14, 1988 -- The Shultz Initiative* March 4, 1988 -- Israeli Government Peace Initiative May 14, 1989 -- Excerpt from Secretary of State James A. Baker III’s Testimony on the Peace Process* May 22, 1991 -- Selected Palestinian Quotes -- Israeli Proposal February 20, 1992 -- Proposal from the Palestinian Side of the Joint Jordanian-Palestinian Delegation to the Israeli Delegation March 3, 1992
Harvey Sicherman, author of numerous books and articles, is a consultant and an adjunct scholar at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He served as special assistant to Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Jr., as a consultant to Secretary George Schultz, and as a member of Secretary James A. Baker III’s policy planning staff. A graduate of the University of Scranton, Dr. Sicherman earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as associate director for research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.