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Embattled Neighbors: Syria, Israel, and Lebanon

Robert G. Rabil
Embattled Neighbors: Syria, Israel, and Lebanon
ISBN: 978-1-58826-149-6
2002/307 pages

"Deep and well rooted.... An honest and full account and objective presentation.... Mandatory reading for the negotiation teams of all sides if and when the peace process is resumed."—Eyal Zisser, Shofar

"With remarkable objectivity, Rabil analyzes the conflicts and interactions among Israel, Syria, and Lebanon from the 1947 49 war to the more recent and sensitive negotiations over the Golan Heights.... This is a superior analysis especially recommended for libraries with limited budgets for materials on Middle East concerns but want an unbiased, detailed, and readable analysis of the past and continuing Arab-Israeli enigma. Highly recommended."—Choice

"A timely and notable contribution to the study of Syrian-Israeli relations from 1948 to the present. Dr. Rabil's in-depth research, sober analysis, and lucid presentation, informed by his intimate knowledge of Lebanese politics and society, result in a novel and instructive work."—Sadik J. Al-Azm, University of Damascus

"Dr. Rabil brings together in one book the major forces that have had an impact on this dispute, displaying a deep understanding of the primary actors in all three states involved.... an important addition to the literature on the international politics of the Middle East."—Lenore G. Martin, Harvard University


Israel's ongoing dispute with Syria and Lebanon gravely undermines the potential for peace in the Middle East. Charting the course of this triangular relationship since 1948, Robert Rabil successfully integrates the domestic and international dynamics of the key players to reveal the complexities of this seemingly intractable conflict.


Robert G. Rabil is director of graduate studies and assistant professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University.


  • Introduction: Embattled Neighbors.
  • Decades of Direct Conflict: 1948-1975.
  • The Struggle for Lebanon.
  • The Role of the U.S. in the Israeli-Syrian Relationship.
  • Syria: Peacemaking and Domestic Politics.
  • Israel: Making Peace at Home and Abroad.
  • Water and Regional Security.
  • Elusive Peace: the Israeli-Syrian Negotiations.
  • Missed Opportunities and Perspectives on Peace.
  • Conclusion.