This is the first book to deal with the most crucial case of war and peace in the Middle East. Moshe Ma'oz examines the history of relations between Israel and Syria throughout the Middle Eastern conflict. Drawing upon a variety of original sources, the author discusses still little-known episodes in relations between the countries such as Syrian peace offers to Israel in the early 1950s and the mid-1970s; American and Soviet involvement; the role of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and the PLO; Israel's contribution to the aggravation of the conflict with Syria, and the new Syrian diplomatic strategy since 1988 and the peacemaking process after the Madrid conference (from late 1991).
The book demonstrates the crucial importance of Syrian-Israeli relations for the strategic posture of both countries, for the fate of the Palestinian problem, and for the prospects of an overall Middle East Settlement.
`Israeli academics often produce informed and perceptive analyses of Arab affairs, and this book is no exception ... His book is a notable contribution to understanding of the issues involved.'
Middle East International
`Excellent survey of the rocky ties between Jerusalem and Damascus.'
`Ma'oz is a sure guide through the history of the relations between the two sides.'
Martin Kolinsky, University of Birmingham, Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. XLVIII, No. 1, Spring 1997
`This is a comprehensible and valuable acocunt of the Syrian-Israeli conflict ... The book is full of insights, some controversial, into the various watersheds in the conflict ... he provides a largely sound narrative and a wealth of information by which one may make sense of the Syrian-Israeli conflict and the obstacles to peace.'
Raymond A. Hinnebusch, University of St Andrews, The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 23, number ii (1996)