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Making Peace with the PLO: Policy and Politics in the Rabin Government
Making Peace with the PLO: Policy and Politics in the Rabin Government
By David Makovsky
Westview, 1995, 235 pp.

More than any other writer to date, Makovsky has unraveled the politics that explain why Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shifted course in 1993 and decided to deal with the PLO. We learn that Rabin was involved with the initiative from the outset, even though Foreign Minister Shimon Peres often acted without Rabin's full authorization. In addition, Makovsky unearths new information from a variety of sources--Israeli, Palestinian, and American. It will still be many years before a balanced appreciation of the Oslo accords can be reached, but for now Makovsky's account offers the best insight into the Israeli side of the negotiations.