Avi Shlaim is Professor of International Relations at Oxford University. His new book, The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World since 1948, will be published in October. (July 1999)

IN THE REVIEW

His Royal Shyness: King Hussein and Israel

In the autumn of 1996 I wrote to King Hussein and asked to talk to him about his meetings with Israeli leaders. I explained that I was writing a book on the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948. The reply came from Brigadier Ali Shukri, the director of the King’s private office.

Woman of the Year

This Side of Peace: A Personal Account

by Hanan Ashrawi
At the Madrid peace conference in late October 1991, for the first time in a century-old conflict, the Israelis were defeated by their Palestinian opponents. There was a palpable feeling of history in the making as Dr. Haidar Abdel Shafi, an elderly physician from Gaza and the head of the …