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Prophets without Honor: The Untold Story of the 2000 Camp David Summit and the Making of Today's Middle East

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A high-level insider's history of the efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from 2000 Camp David Talks to the present, that explains why successive attempts have all failed.

The clash between Israel and Palestine has been one of the most emotionally engaging causes of modern times. Prophets without Honor tells the story of the grueling attempts to solve the conflict and examines the reasons for its resilience. Shlomo Ben-Ami, who participated at a high level in the July 2000 Camp David peace talks that almost led to a historic deal, uses his insider experience to illuminate the specific factors that impede a solution to the conflict. He finds that the occupation's traits of permanence, Israel's insatiable quest for Lebensraum, and a hopelessly fragmented and disoriented Palestinian national movement are to blame.

Ben-Ami challenges the funereal historiography that emerged in the wake of the Camp David process, when—for the first time ever—Israelis and Palestinians engaged in the Sisyphean task of breaking the taboos surrounding the conflict. The Clinton Peace Parameters that emerged out of this process eventually became the litmus test of every serious peace proposal in the future. But ill-conceived perceptions of the other party, all-or-nothing theological fanaticism, and a lack of bold and enlightened leadership have made these attempts at peace-making a defining failure of the two-state concept. Ben-Ami scrutinizes the ominous alternatives to the two-state solution, such as the binational state, a unilateral pullout from much of the West Bank, and Donald Trump's Deal of the Century. He also examines the merits of a Jordanian-Palestinian solution. In discussing Palestine from a comparative perspective, he underlines its singularity while also shedding light on the dilemmas that stand at the center of any peace enterprise. Ultimately, his account is the most non-partisan, comprehensive, and balanced written by an insider representing one of the parties.

Συγγραφέας: Ben-Ami Shlomo
Εκδότης: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Σελίδες: 368
ISBN: 9780190060473
Εξώφυλλο: Σκληρό Εξώφυλλο
Αριθμός Έκδοσης: 1
Έτος έκδοσης: 2021

Introduction
Part I - The Camp David Process
Chapter 1. First Steps, Harsh Truths
Chapter 2. "A Secluded Northern Castle"
Chapter 3. Back to Square One
Chapter 4. The Jordan Valley on the Agenda
Chapter 5. Pre-Summit at Andrews
Chapter 6. A Conceivable Endgame?
Chapter 7. The (Unfulfilled) Promise of an American Steamroller
Chapter 8. Misguided Beginnings
Chapter 9. Clinton: "We Have Exhausted the Beauty of this Place"
Chapter 10. A Gamechanger (or so It Looked..)
Chapter 11. O Jerusalem (and Its Lies)
Chapter 12. "Arafat is Interested in a Crisis"
Chapter 13. Albright's Intermezzo: Clinton's Last Push
Chapter 14. Our Faintest Hour
Chapter 15. Arafat: "Barak Has Gone Beyond my Partner Rabin"
Chapter 16. Making Most of Success
Chapter 17. Moments of Grace at Precipice Edge
Chapter 18. "With Our Blood and Soul We'll Redeem Palestine"
Chapter 19. A Savage War for Peace?
Chapter 20. Trapped in No-Win Conditions
Chapter 21. Unable to Either Inspire or Intimidate
Chapter 22. Arafat: "We Have to Work Quickly and Seriously"
Chapter 23. The Clinton Peace Parameters
Chapter 24. "A Crime Against the Palestinian People"
Chapter 25. Barak in a Cage of Doves
Chapter 26. Taba: "The Boss Doesn't want an Agreement"
Chapter 27. Post Mortem
Part II - Defying the Logic of Conflict Resolution
Chapter 28. A Story of Promise and Deceit ( 2001- 2020 )
Chapter 29. The Occupation's Traits of Permanence
Chapter 30. The Insoluble Paradox of the Two-State Solution
Chapter 31. Ominous Denouements
Chapter 32. Exit Oslo, Enter Madrid: The Jordanian - Palestinian Option
Chapter 33. A Comparative Perspective
Epilogue
Bibliography
Maps:
Last Peace Offer at Camp David, July 2000
The Clinton Peace Parameters, December 2000
The Israeli Territorial Offer at Taba, 2001
The Palestinian Territorial Offer at Taba
The Israeli Territorial Proposal, Annapolis 2008
West Bank Jewish and Palestinian Localities
The Geneva Initiative Peace Plan, 2003
Sahul Arieli's Optimal Peace Map
Ehud Olmert's Unilateral Convergence Plan, 2006
The Allon Plan

Shlomo Ben-Ami is an Oxford-trained historian with a long academic career who later served as Israel's ambassador in Madrid and then as foreign minister in Ehud Barak's government. He participated in the July 2000 Camp David peace summit with President Clinton, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He subsequently led the Israeli negotiating team in all the phases of the peace process down to the last ditch attempt to save the peace at Taba in January 2001. Never before had Israelis and Palestinians been so close to reaching a peace accord. After leaving politics, Ben-Ami founded the Toledo Peace Centre in Spain. He is also the author of Scars of War, Wounds of Peace (Oxford).

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