Bridging the Gap: A Future Security Architecture for the Middle East

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Bridging the Gap: A Future Security Architecture for the Middle East

By Shai Feldman and Abdullah Toukan
Rowman and Littlefield, 1997
126 pp. $49.95
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Feldman, a longtime researcher at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv, and Toukan, science adviser to King Hussein, team up for this short study under the auspices of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. They co-author a succinct review of the several bilateral and multilateral Israeli-Arab groups set up after the 1991 Madrid conference. Then Feldman presents a clear account of Israeli security perceptions and policies. Toukan follows with the same for the Arabs. His chapter is understandably more diffuse, being obliged to bridge a different "gap" -- that dividing the many Arab states. The two conclude with a chapter suggesting steps to advance the peace process. No great breakthroughs proposed, but a few procedural points that could reap real gains. A timely reminder that Israelis and Arabs are talking.