Just Peace: A Dangerous Objective

Yossi Beilin

in What is a Just Peace?

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199275359
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603686 | DOI:
 Just Peace: A Dangerous Objective

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Beilin was a former chief negotiator for the Israeli government in the Oslo process at Camp David and Taba. He brings a valuable contribution to this volume as a practitioner and political scientist involved directly in conflict negotiations. After fulfilling his post as the Minister of Justice for the Israeli government, he became one of the lead Israeli representatives in the Geneva Accord negotiations. In this sceptical work, Beilin points to the possible dangers of speaking about the combined concepts of justice and peace, believing that there cannot be one without the other. Peace treaties have often been signed and implemented by the victors of conflict, but have left the population on either side out of the determinations of justice. Beilin presents a history filled with examples in which political leaders have bypassed opportunities for peace because they did not deem the conditions just, and thus perpetuated conflict with untold costs.

Keywords: justice; peace; just war; treaties; practitioners; negotiations

Chapter.  8668 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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