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Acknowledgments

I owe many thanks to many people for their help. This book grew out of a suggestion by Philip Mattar for an article on the mind-set, or "frame of reference," from which policymakers usually approach the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The idea intrigued me, but as I began to look into the mindset of current policymakers, then in the Bush era, I found I was led farther and farther back into history before I could adequately explain what had gone into shaping the impressions, the assumptions, and the preconceptions that each administration's policymakers brought to their jobs. I first went back as far as the Truman administration, which encompassed the period of Israel's birth and the Palestinians' dispersal, but then discovered that Ineeded to investigate even earlier periods before I could satisfy myself that I had truly found the origins of today's "frame of reference." I am deeply indebted to Philip Mattar for his initial imaginative idea, for his patience in waiting for the finished product, for his encouragement, and for his sharp comments on the manuscript.

Ann M. Lesch also read the manuscript and made many perceptive comments. John Ware read through the first few chapters. My thanks to both. I also deeply appreciate the assistance of those former policymakers who allowed me to pick their brains and helped me gain some sense of what it's like inside the policymaking environment. Particular thanks go to John Sherman for his help, given just out of friendship, and special thanks also to Don Lamm. It goes without saying that any mistakes and misinter pretations are my responsibility entirely.

I also thank Lynne Withey and Rose Anne White of the University of California Press for their encouragement and help, and Pamela Fischer for her excellent editing.

Above all, I thank my husband, Bill—for everything.


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