Carter describes the history of previous peace efforts and why they fell short. He argues persuasively that the road to a peace agreement is now open and that it has broad international and regional support. Most of all, since there will be no progress without courageous and sustained U.S. leadership, he says the time for progress is now. President Barack Obama is committed to a personal effort to exert that leadership, starting early in his administration.
This is President Carter's call for action, and he lays out a practical and doable path to peace.
©2009 Jimmy Carter; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
Here Jimmy Carter provides a useful and succinct survey of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, with a a review of efforts that have been made to achieve peace, and a list of practical proposals for future realization.
His book, appeared just as the Gaza assault, "Cast Lead" was concluding. At the time the title of this book appeared to be unrealistic, given that the outbreak of violence made peace seem ever more remote.
The title "We Can Have Peace.." in this context is an expression of defiance; it defies the ill will of those who would obviate the prospects for peace. Carter is convinced that an informed and determined American leadership can make a positive difference, even as the horizon seems unremittingly bleak. Thus the book is, both a guide for the perplexed, and a briefing for the new President.
His advice conforms closely to those who have anonymously toiled for the cause of peace. Carter endorsed and encouraged the Geneva Accords, the agreement that was the outcome of a tough negotiating process between seasoned Israeli and Palestinian representatives, which aimed to create an agreement that respected the security requirements of all concerned. No American leader has demonstrated such commitment to this vital cause.
Jimmy Carter is not a professional reader, but this reading was clear. I appreciated that it was his voice speaking. It gave the sense of being directly addressed by an eminent personage who is both earnest and brilliant, who has been fastidious in taking detailed notes of pertinent information that he is determined to share with you.
I would recommend this book to those least likely to think it is for them, but have an avid interest in the middle east and are seriously concerned about peace and the practical measures that have to be taken for its achievement.
I'd probably get the 'book' rather than the audio version. Jimmy is starting to slur his words too much and it makes listening a little less enticing. The content is pretty good, and the maps are available on Audible it says [although I haven't seen them, nor looked yet], but like Peace or Apartheid it probably makes more sense to get the 'book' with the appendixes to refer to, especially since they are both quick reads.
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