Menachem Klein dates his involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts to a hot day in August 1993 when news reached him in Jerusalem of the secret peace accords brokered in Oslo, Norway. With the ushering in of a new era seemingly destined to end the century-old conflict over the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, Professor Klein shifted his scholarly attention away from Egypt toward Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking as the focus of his academic and political advisory work. Arafat and Abbas: Portraits of Leadership in a State Postponed, is the most recent outgrowth of his subsequent involvement, coinciding with the rise and apparent failure to forge a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace based on the mutual recognition agreement reached in Norway.

Klein's book is structured as a political portrait of the two men who have led the Palestinian national movement over the past sixty years. He compares and contrasts Yasser Arafat's...

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