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Perish the Thought: Israel and the Search for Peace in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War

A lecture by Dr. Avi Raz, Oxford University

Israel’s stunning victory in the Six Day War of June 1967 provided a unique opportunity for resolving the decades-old Arab-Zionist conflict. Having seized the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights, Israel for the first time in its history had something concrete to offer its Arab neighbors: it could trade land for peace. Both the West Bank Palestinian leadership and King Hussein of Jordan were ready and eager to reach a peaceful settlement with the Jewish state. But Israel was unwilling to pay the price for peace, which was relinquishing its war acquisitions. Because of persistent American pressure to negotiate with Hussein, the Israeli government adopted a foreign policy of deception, whose aim was to mislead the United States into thinking that it was weighing its peace options – the Palestinian option and the Jordanian one – while maintaining the territorial status quo and creating faits accomplis.

About the speaker:

Dr Avi Raz is a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Oxford, research associate at Oxford’s Centre of International Studies, and a research fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. His main research interests are the Arab-Israeli conflict, particularly in the aftermath of the June 1967 Middle East War; Israel’s foreign policy; and the Palestinian national movement. He is the author of The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012). Before turning to academia, Dr Raz was a journalist at a leading Israeli daily, where his assignments abroad included bureau chief in New York and Moscow.

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