Culture And Conflict In Egyptian-Israeli Relations: A Dialogue Of The Deaf

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Culture And Conflict In Egyptian-Israeli Relations: A Dialogue Of The Deaf

By Raymond Cohen
Indiana University Press, 1990
208 pp. $27.50
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The author's theme is that cultural incompatibility underlies the failure of Israel and Egypt to develop friendly and cooperative relations even after their peace treaty. He illustrates his argument with well-chosen examples of abortive proposals for negotiations, misunderstandings of motives, miscalculations of the effects of one side's moves on the other, and deep-seated obstacles inherent in the traditions of the two peoples. He argues the case brilliantly, showing the need to revise conventional thinking on many past episodes in the bilateral relationship. In attacking the "myths" on both sides, however, he inevitably downplays the real conflicts of interest that are more than the product of differing cultures and casts of mind.

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