Zeev Schiff is a Lafer international fellow of The Washington Institute and defense editor of Haaretz, Israel's leading daily newspaper. Normally based in Israel, he will be working from the Institute office in Washington during fall 2007.
The Palestinian uprising in the occupied territories has undermined the status quo that Israel has tried to preserve in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In so doing, the uprising has created an opportunity for the parties to resume the peace process and re-examine a number of basic premises. Like the situation after the October 1973 war, conditions exist that make possible a series of interim agreements toward a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians.
In this Policy Paper, Ze’ev Schiff gauges Israel’s fundamental security requirements in the event that Israelis and Palestinians meet at the bargaining table.