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  Issue 1, Fall 2019

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conundrum

Shlomo Ben-Ami

The decades-long process to formulate a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians has been a voyage of trial and error throughout. The failure to reach a settlement thus far has not always been the result of bad faith or inadequate negotiating skills. Rather, it stems mainly from the inherent incapacity of both parties to reconcile themselves to each other's fundamental requirements. The brief examines one of the substantial efforts in what might be the biggest folly in the history of diplomacy—the quest for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, which has continued to defy the logic of conflict resolution.   Read more...

"Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel" is a bi-annual series comprised of short and informative analyses that explore pressing issues and emerging trends in Israel. The briefs cover a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) politics, foreign policy, security, economy, culture, and society. Based on extensive research and practice, "Currents" creates a rich platform for the study of modern Israel and is targeted to a wide audience of scholars of Israel Studies, policy-makers, journalists, and the general public.


Dov Waxman
University of California, Los Angeles 


Editorial Board

Norman Abrams
University of California, Los Angeles

Shira Efron

RAND Corporation

Stuart Gabriel
University of California, Los Angeles

Ayelet Harel-Shalev
Ben Gurion University

Mark Kligman
University of California, Los Angeles

David Menashri
Tel Aviv University

Steven Spiegel
University of California, Los Angeles

Asher Susser
Tel Aviv University

Managing Editor

Liron Lavi
University of California, Los Angeles