Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations in Beirut has published a new book entitled “The American Foreign Policy Towards the Palestinian Issue 2001–2011.” The book is authored by Ahmad Jawad al-Wadiyah and comprises 272 pages.
The book discusses the American foreign policy towards the Palestinian issue during the terms of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2001 to 2011. It tackles the historical development of the American policy towards the Palestinian issue since 1917 to 2000, and the determinants of this policy.
The book casts light on the ability of the Palestinian political system to deal with the American policy towards the Palestinian issue, and tries to propose a Palestinian approach that best serves the supreme interests of the Palestinian people.
ArabicTitle: Al-Siyasah al-Kharijiyyah Tijah al-Qadiyyah al-Filastiniyyah 2001-2011 (The American Foreign Policy Towards the Palestinian Issue 2001-2011).
Author: Ahmad Jawad al Wadiyah
Edition:, 2013 (First edition)
Paperback: 272 pages
The book traces the American policy towards the Palestinian issue throughout its different stages, and its covert and overt motivations. It also tries to investigate, through academic documented study, the seriousness of the American consecutive administrations in solving the conflict, while shedding light on the implications of the failure of Camp David II in 2000 on the Palestinian issue. The book addresses as well the 11/9/2001 events and their impact on the Palestinian issue, and the American initiatives to solve it afterwards.
The book presents the most important American initiatives for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict during that period, and the position of the US towards President Yasir ‘Arafat at that time, besides the aspects of its direct intervention in the Palestinian political system. It discusses the American stance regarding the election of Mahmud ‘Abbas as the Palestine Authority, the success of Hamas in the second legislative elections and its formation of the tenth government, and the national unity government in 2007.
The book analyzes Annapolis Conference, pointing out to the implications of holding it during that period, especially after the Palestinian division. It also highlights the US role in the final status negotiations following Annapolis, Bush’s visit to the West Bank and Israel and the formation of a tripartite committee to follow up the negotiations after Annapolis.
The book also talks about the American stance towards the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip 2008–2009, and the Israeli attempts to secure international approval to start the offensive. It particularly stresses Obama’s stance after the war, his plan to push forwards with the peace process in the region, and his speech at Cairo University in 2009. It also tackles the American position towards the report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, known as the Goldstone Report.
The book addresses Wikileaks and Aljazeera documents regarding the negotiations and Obama’s AIPAC speech. In addition, it presents the American stance on the Palestinian Authority’s pursuit of UN membership and its admission as UNESCO member.
Worth of mention is that the author has pursued the historical, descriptive research method, and the analytical method, and benefited from the decision-making mechanisms, which help in understanding the internal factors contributing to the formulation of the American foreign policy towards the Palestinian issue.
The book is important on the Palestinian and Arab level as it provides researchers with new analysis of the American stance on the Palestinian issue, and helps decision makers understand the US policy thoroughly and accurately, and deal with it accordingly.