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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Go President Carter.
The book was phenomenal coming from President Carter itself. However, as someone who studies the Arab/Israeli conflict, I would honestly say nothing new came from this book. If you've got little to no background to the topic, definitely look into it - great read for understanding of the conflict.
I am not prone to praising liberals, however President Carter is clearly a man of substance, character and integrity. You do not have to agree with his politics to appreciate the fortitude of the man that tells the truth as he sees it in the face of populist dogma. The man has taken personal risk in sharing a view of the middle east conflict that is just not told in the mainstream US media. President Carter, akin to Thomas Sowell and Thomas Friedman, has the rare ability to boil down the facts and present them in a fair and even handed manner that is understandable to the layman.
My mother always shared with me that it takes two to have an arguement. Yet the popular media in the US typically shows only one side of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. I have always wondered why, given the news that I read and see on TV, so many in Europe take issue with the Israeli government. I know have that understanding.
Just to be clear, the violence against innocents perpetrated by the Palestinians is unacceptable under any circumstances. However, it becomes much more understandable (although unacceptable) as the only tool available to an oppressed, occupied and impotent people.
Now I see more clearly that there is plenty of blame to go around on both sides. Further, there is a glimmer of hope that peace is available if both sides want it bad enough. President Carter makes it clear that the Israeli electorate wants it, but is held captive by the right wing which wields political power in excess of their actual numbers.
As the oppressor and the clear power in the region, it is up to Israel to make the first move and get back to the negotiated Camp David accords. This will not happen until the Israeli majority excises the power of the right wing that is holding their government and, thus, the entire region captive.
If the US people, through our government, put pressure on the Israeli government to honor their commitments, peace could blossom. There is hope.
Carter nailed it. What an amazingly sharp mind, eloquent storyteller, and all-round ethical human being. Anyone disputing him on the topic of Israeli treatment of Palestinians is either deceiver or deceived.
This book is well researched and presented with first hand information. I respect Mr.Carter and his candid report on the situation, never befor a prominent US citizen ever took time to visit the place and get the facts from both sides of the parties. It is sad to see that there were several occasions where both parties came very close to a peaceful agreement, but never honored eachothers words. I am sincerely hoping that this book will initiate a dialogue between the two parties and bring new hope and peace to the region which is very dear to people of all faiths.
It is an idiosyncratic feature of the U.S. that the discussion of the Israel-Palestine conflict has been so ideologically driven. In no other country, including Israel, has the discussion been so one-sided. Litterature on the topic that is considered mainstream abroad has traditionally been given the silence treatment. But, for perhaps the first time, it is not possible ignore an unwanted book on the topic. For this reason, "Palestine: Peace or Apartheid" is an important contribution to the discussion.
I'm thankful the audio version of this book is available since it's a required text for my Middle East class at Spelman College, and I have personal difficulty reading text alone.
The content gave a great amount of historical information and was not too detailed nor too vague. Many places referenced to external sources instead of leaving gaps forcing contextual interpretation or having lengthy explanations. Name dropping and reference to actual meetings between President Carter and numerous leaders in that corner of the world made his input especially more trusted and his relationship with the issue more obvious. My only complaint is that the book is concluded as of maybe 2008 and since then, much has occurred and I'd love an update from Carter's position as a follow up to this book.
as for his audio reading of the book, some words were muffled and changed altogether, but it wasn't an obstacle in completing the book. also, a reading of the Annexes would be nice.
This is an excellent book with a great perspective from a man of peace. I do recommend this book to anyone who's interested in US foreign-policy and the Arab Israeli conflict specifically the Israeli Palestinian conflict. I do recommend two other books: the Arabs, which gives an excellent history of the Arabs with lots of details. I also recommend: the Israel lobby and US FOREIGN POLICY.
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