The way ahead ? an analysis of the Camp David Accords and the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty

Salem, Mostafa F. (1991) The way ahead ? an analysis of the Camp David Accords and the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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In one sense, the Palestinian problem dates back to early history when the Canaanites, Israelites and Philistines contended for the territory and its resources. However, the modern Palestine problem dates only from the Balfour Declaration in 1917, and yet has proved to be more deadly, with six wars if one includes the Gulf War, and more intractable, with attempts to create a state of Palestine for nearly three-quarters of a century.

A recent attempt to solve the problem was the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty of 1979. If that had been the only purpose of Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin at Camp David and of the last two in signing the Treaty in Washington, their efforts could only be described as futile. But more was at stake: the ending of a state of war and the resolution of outstanding territorial claims. In that regard the `Camp David process' was successful - indeed successful to the extent that an issue not resolved during the process, the question of Taba, was amicably settled by Egypt and Israel through arbitration.

This thesis seeks to analyse the `Camp David process' and the terms of the Treaty in an attempt to answer the question of how the state of war, equally important for Egypt and Israel, could be satisfactorily ended for both parties, how the territorial claims, equally important for both Israel and Egypt, could be resolved, when the issue of Palestine, the source of virtually all the present conflicts in the Middle East and essential for the Egyptians as part of the Arab nation, should remain unresolved, despite the provisions of the Camp David Accords and the Treaty.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Supervisor's Name: Grant, Prof. John
Date of Award: 1991
Depositing User: Elaine Ballantyne
Unique ID: glathesis:1991-1826
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:47

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