Uri Bialer is Professor of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is author of The Shadow of the Bomber (London 1980), Between East and West (Cambridge, 1990) and Oil and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Oxford, 1999).
Neil Caplan is Lecturer in the Humanities Department of Vanier College, Montreal. Recent books include: Futile Diplomacy: The United Nations, the Great Powers and Middle East Peacemaking, 1948–1954 (London, 1997); Futile Diplomacy: Operation Alpha and the Failure of Anglo-American Coercive Diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1954–1956 (London, 1997); and, Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities, co-authored with Laura Z. Eisenberg (Bloomington, IN, 1998). He is currently editing and annotating an English abridgment of the Personal Diaries (1953–1957) of Moshe Sharett, Israel’s first Foreign Minister and second Prime Minister.
Isaiah Friedman is Professor Emeritus of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In addition to his many articles, his publications include: Germany, Turkey and Zionism, 1897–1918 (Oxford, 1977), reissued by Transaction (New Brunswick, NJ, 1998); The Question of Palestine 1914–1918: British-Jewish-Arab Relations 2nd expanded edition (New Brunswick, NJ, 1992); and, as editor, twelve volumes of Documents on the History of Zionism (New York, 1987). His most recent book is Palestine: A Twice Promised Land? volume 1: The British, the Arabs, and Zionism (New Brunswick, NJ, 2000). He is presently completing volume 2: A Creation of the Historical Myth: The British, the Arabs, and Zionism, and has begun the preparation of the third volume of this series.
Michael G. Fry is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at UCLA. His publications include: Despatches from Damascus: Gilbert MacKereth and British Policy in the Levant, 1933–1939, co-authored with Itamar Rabinovich (Berkeley, CA, 1985); editor of History, the White House, and the Kremlin: Statesmen as Historian (New York, 1991); editor of Power, Personalities, and Policies: Essays in Honour of Donald Cameron [End Page 231] Watt (London, 1992); The North Pacific Triangle, The United States, Japan and Canada at Century’s End, co-edited with John Kirton and Mitsuru Kurosaw (Toronto, 1998).
Binyamin Pinkus is Professor of Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Senior Researcher at the Ben-Gurion Research Center. He is the editor of the journal Shvut. Recent publications include: The Jews of the Soviet Union: The History of a National Minority (Cambridge, 1988); National Rebirth and Reestablishment: Zionism and the Zionist Movement in the Soviet Union, 1947–1987 (Sde-Boker, 1993) [Hebrew], which was awarded the Bialik Prize for Jewish Thought; The End of a Period: The Jews of the Soviet Union under Gorbachev (Sde-Boker, 1999) [Hebrew]; and, From Ambivalence to a Tacit Alliance: Israel-Franco Relations, 1947–1957 (Forthcoming)
Zaki Shalom is a Senior Researcher at the Ben-Gurion Research Center, Ben-Gurion University. Recent publications include: David Ben-Gurion, The State of Israel and the Arab World 1949–1956 (Sde-Boker, 1995) [Hebrew]; Policy in The Shadow of Controversy: The Routine Security Policy 1949–1956 (Tel-Aviv, 1996) [Hebrew]; and, The Great Powers, Israel and the Future of Jordan 1961–1963: The Perils of the Pro-Nasser Policy (Brighton, UK, 2000).
Moshe Shemesh is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Senior Researcher at the Ben-Gurion Research Center. His publications include: The Suez-Sinai Crisis 1956: Retrospective and Reappraisal, co-edited with S. Ilan Troen, (London and New York, 1990); The Palestinian Entity 1959–1974, (2nd revised edition) (London, 1996); and forthcoming in 2002, The Arab Israeli Conflict and the Emergence of the Palestinian National Movement [Hebrew].
Eyal Zisser is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History and a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African History, Tel-Aviv University. He is the author of Lebanon: The Challenge of Independence (London, 2000), and Asad’s Legacy—Syria in Transition (New York, 2000).