The road not taken: The amirav-husayni peace initiative of 1987

Lior Lehrs*

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In the summer of 1987, Israeli citizens Moshe Amirav and David Ish Shalom initiated a secret unofficial negotiation channel with Palestinian leaders Faysal al-Husayni and Sari Nusseibeh, with the approval of the Palestine Liberation Organization leadership and the acknowledgment of senior members of Israel’s ruling Likud party. But the attempt to turn the Amirav-Husayni initiative into official negotiations failed. This article analyzes the negotiations, examines the actors involved and the agreement, and discusses the historical importance of the initiative and the reasons for its failure.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)72-94
Number of pages23
JournalMiddle East Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

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