President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major players from all sides in the conflict and has made numerous trips to the Holy Land, most recently as an observer of the Palestinian elections in 2005 and 2006.
In this book, President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences with the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American officials avoid. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.
The general parameters of a long-term, two-state agreement are well known, the president writes. There will be no substantive and permanent peace for any peoples in this troubled region as long as Israel is violating key U.N. resolutions, official American policy, and the international "road map" for peace by occupying Arab lands and oppressing the Palestinians.
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous work.
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I am the author of two books on global issues, who listens to at least a hundred serious non-fiction books a year.
This book has numerous things going for it:
1. Carter is a remarkable writer, having published everything from poetry to novels to memoirs and serious non-fiction.
2. He has been a major player in bringing peace to the Middle East, perhaps the most effective ever. This means he knows the other notables personally. He knows the issues backwards and forwards. And he knows who has and who hasn't kept to their agreements. All of this has shaped his views and points of emphasis.
3. His main interest in bringing about peace was the well being of real people, not any particular side (thought he almost thoroughly ignored the Palestinians in the 70's). This means his biases tend to be against those subverting peace.
4. He is a good reader, bringing feeling and passion and a sense of reality to the audio version.
5. He presents numerous viewpoints on the oppression of Palestinians and what it means to the conflict in the Middle East. These range from Syrian to Jordanian to Egyptian, Israeli, and Palestinian viewpoints. The book is all in all a melange of viewpoints of the plight of Palestinians.
6. His firsthand accounts of life in the West Bank are vivid and illustrative. You will come away with a feel and understanding for a very confusing place.
The book has been severely criticized for bias in favor of Palestinians. The attacks border on character assassination and constitute mainly a criticism of the title. Israelis don't like being compared to an apartheid state. Having studied numerous books on the issue, I consider Carter's to be both fair and comprehensive.
The West Bank is currently broken up into numerous tiny enclaves. Communication between them is severely impeded by Israeli checkpoints. This has profoundly disrupted the economy and day to day lives.
Meanwhile Palestinians only have access to about half the land on the West Bank. And the settlement building only continues. Carter highlights what this means to ordinary people and the prospect of peace.
Rarely does one come by such a simplified and shallow analysis of events.
However, for Jimmy Carter fans, plenty of pomposity, self importance and congratulatory comments have "managed" to find their way into this succinct and concise version of the extremely complex events described.
Waste of time (and money, even for the sale price)...
President Carter has always been an inspirational figure to me. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his reading of this book, which sounds more like a personal and spontaneous conversation than the well-crafted historical narrative that it is. I have read lengthly critiques of the anti-Israel biases in this book, and I do not discount them... I think it is essential to study those critiques and consider the factual errors that are in this book. But it is still very worthwhile and enjoyable, even if (as with all stories about history and politics), it is necessary to go to other sources to round out the picture.
The most honest book about the Middle East in the last 10 years.
The Israel lobby / AIPAC will go nuts because someone has spoken the "truth" about the systematic, cruel & immoral oppression of Palestinians.
Openly discusses the disproportionate response to the desperation of suicide bombing.
Like America, Israel is armed with WMDs of every kind; nuclear, biological & chemical and yet claims fear of neighbors who only have resort to rhetoric and bluster.
This is a must read, we have a responsiblity to know where our tax dollars are going and who our government is supporting. Isreal is an Aparthied state and Mr. Carter explains this perfectly in this book that is based on true documented facts.
This book points out specific lawful points in this conflict. For example UN resolutions without inferring bias and leaving the reader with the ability to cross reference the situation from a Judicial perspective.
JC provides an independent on the ground view of the conflict and proposes possible and best options to resolve the conflict in the most civil manner without discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, or political beliefs.
JC also touches although lightly on key factors such as numbers of people affected by this conflict on both sides of the fence. Many people have died, the numbers help on taking a humanistic approach to a simple yet over loaded topic. It leaves one with thirst for understanding the massive immigration of "International non native Jews" to this small geographical region. It provokes thought on how natural resources in the area must be distributed to provide for the people living in this land and leaves me to wonder if the Israelite ever think about the "Final Solution" when they were on the chopping block, and how this affects their view and association with other peoples.
Jimmy Carter is one of the most knowledgeable people on earth when it comes to the middle east .
He write in all honesty no suger coating here regardeless to all the attacks on him from some groups.
It's a great reading / listining with all the back groundto understand all the events . ENJOY
The book is a good history of politics in the Middle East. It was fair and balanced and insightful. I did notice that President Carter didn't realize the realities on the ground while he was still in office and able to effect change.
overall its a good book if you don't know the nuts and bolts of the conflict, although there seems to be a bit of a bias against the republicans, but that's obvious...
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