In May-June we sent a correspondent to Amman to prepare articles for this issue of the magazine. At the time, King Hussein still seemed frozen by hesitation. Some believed he was waiting for Syria before proceeding on his own with Israel. Others argued he was waiting to see if the Israel-PLO accord would really be implemented.
But persuaded, as this magazine is, that the magnet of peace is now pulling all, we saw no reason to wait. Our correspondent went to Jordan not to interrogate cab drivers for opinions or diplomats for secrets, but to seek out signals of cultural change that peace expectations inevitably create.
She found them in such diverse places like a balloon ride over a desert gearing for border-crossing tourists, in a comedy team riding on Jordan's freer domestic atmosphere, and in a talented young architect riding on the kingdom's new assertion of cultural identity. It did not take long after her return to Jerusalem for King Hussein to write his own headline over the signals.
There are, of course, still those on both side of the Israel-Arab fence that oppose the peace process. And there are many, many more that keep their skepticism tensely cocked. They still view this magazine as alien, outside the consensus, or, to use their favorite word, "premature."
Each passing day puts them increasingly out of step, as businessman, officials, and even army generals in the region know. And meanwhile we shall continue to embrace the irony that peace will prosper much more rapidly than its messengers.
Khaled Abu Aker - Journalist, Jerusalem.
Feyez Abu Rahmeh - Attorney, Gaza.
Marwan Abu Zuluf - Editor-in-Chief Al Quds, Arabic Daily, Jerusalem.
Khamis Abulafia - Business Executive, Journalist, Jaffa.
Anis Al-Qaq - President, Center for Health Services, Jerusalem.
Fuad Aref - Arab Studies Society, Jerusalem.
Gabi Baramki - Vice President, Birzeit Univ., Ramallah.
Aharon Barnea - Head of Middle East Department, Israel TV, Channel 2.
Ralph Cohen - Business Executive, Herzlia.
Lova Eliav - Tel Aviv.
Zvi El-Peleg - Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv Univ.
Dr. Gil Feiler - Middle East Economist, Bar Ilan Univ., Business Executive.
Elias Freij - Mayor of Bethlehem.
Shlomo Gazit - Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv Univ., General (Res.)
Prof. Galia Golan - Political Science and Gender Studies, Hebrew Univ., Peace Now Activist.
Salem Jubran - Peot, Co-Director of Jewish-Arab Center for Peace (JACP), Giv'at Haviva.
David Grossman - Author, Jerusalem.
Dr. Shmuel Harlap - Business Executive, Herzliya.
Dr. Mark Heller - Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies, Tev Aviv Univ.
Zahira Kamal - Woman's Action Committees, Jerusalem.
Said Kanaan - Business Executive, Nablus.
Zvi Kesseh - Economist, Chairperson of ICPME.
Moshe Kones - Business Executive, Jerusalem.
Sarah Kramer - The Center of Jewish-Arab Economic Development, Jaffa.
Eli Laniado - Israel Manufacturers Association.
Dr. Orli Lubin - Woman's Studies and Cinema Departments, Tel Aviv Univ.
Dr. Mariam Mar'i - Principal of Pedagogical Institute, Acre.
Mustafa Natsheh - Former Mayor of Hebron, Business Executive.
Menachem (Nachik) Navot - Business Executive, Tel Aviv.
Prof. Nafez Nazzal - Brigham Young Univ. Jerusalem.
Itzhak Orpaz - Author, Jerusalem.
Amos Oz - Author, Arad.
Matityahu Peled - Former MK, General (Res.), Tel Aviv.
Smadar Pery - Journalist "Yediot Aharonot".
Dr. Adi Qassem - Physician, Jaffa.
Dahlia Ravikovitch - Poet, Tel Aviv.
Itzhak Ran - Business Executive, Tel Aviv.
Ari Rath - Former Editor and Managing Director of "The Jerusalem Post".
Tsaly Reshef - Attorney, Peace Now Activist.
Danny Rubinstein - Author, Journalist "Ha'aretz".
Moshe Sasson - Former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt.
Ze'ev Schiff - Author and Journalist "Ha'aretz".
Nathan Shacham - Author.
Shimon Shamir - Former Ambassador to Egypt, Prof. Tel Aviv Univ.,Head of Tamy Steinmetz Center for Peace Research.
Michal Snunit - Poet.
Israel Tal - General (Res.), Rehovot.
Abraham Tamir - General (Res.), Tel Aviv.
Prof. Gabriel Warburg - Modern Middle Eastern History, Haifa University.
Ehud Ya'ari - Israeli TV Commentator.
A.B. Yehoshua - Author, Haifa.
Tarek Zaki - International Palestine Bank, Jericho.
Bishara Bahbah - Consultant, Washington D.C.
Sir Isaiah Berlin - Oxford.
Rabbi Balfour Brickner - New York.
Don Bustani - President ACL California, Business Executive, TV. Los Angeles.
Florence Cohen - Author.
Prof. Steven Cohen - Montreal.
Rea S. Hederman - Publisher, NY Review of Books. New York.
Prof. Gordon Fellman - Brandeis Univ. Boston.
Judge Marvin Frankel - New York.
Dr. Rachel Golden - Economist, Chicago.
Paul Guilden - Business Executive, New York.
Rita E. Hauser - Attorney, New York.
Casey Kasem - Radio Talk Show Commentator, Los Angeles.
Prof. Ahmed Khalidi - London.
Dr. Tony Klug - London.
Ambassador Samuel Lewis - Washington D.C.
Shirley Magidson - Business Executive, Beverly Hills.
Rabbi Rolando Matalon - New York.
Lord Yehudi Menuhin - London.
Saida Nusseiba - "JADE" London.
Prof. Yezid Seyigh - St. Anthony College, Oxford.
Hisham Sharabi - Georgetown Univ. Washington D.C.
Robert Silvers - Editor-in-Chief NY Review of Books, New York.
Stanley Sheinbaum - Los Angeles.
Andre Wormser - Banker, Paris.
Arnold Wesker - Author, London.