With #JimmyCarter suddenly being all the rage again thanks to an odd choice of camera perspective I am just going to have to promote my research on Carter and the Middle East.
A thread.
A major stumbling bloc on the road to the comprehensive peace was the election of Begin as Israeli PM. His Greater Israel ideologi meant that the West Bank was non-negotiable. In this article I explore the ideological underpinnings of Begin's politics https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/20581831.2020.1710675
Begin realized that there was serious pressure on him to concede something on the Palestinian front. He put forth the autonomy plan to lower pressure. In this article I term this "smokescreen diplomacy" because it merely enabled the Egypt-Israel peace https://muse.jhu.edu/article/730233 
The PLO, for its part, thought that if it could secure the release of US hostages from Iran then the US gratitude would open the way for direct negotiations with the US. The PLO did secure the release of the Thanksgiving 13 but then progress ended. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13530194.2019.1661646
Lastly, in two Norwegian language academic articles @babylonnorden I compare #JimmyCarter to other US presidents' engagement in the Arab-Israeli conflict. In the first, with @anjaland I compare the Carter-Begin encounter with the Obama-Netanyahu encounter https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/74483/Jensehaugen.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
In the 2nd I show the change in US policy towards the Jerusalam-question from Truman to Trump. @babylonnorden #openaccess https://journals.uio.no/babylon/article/view/5922/5063
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