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 theoccupation'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 andenlightened 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 alsoexamines 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.
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ISBN-13: 9780190060473
ISBN-10: 0190060476
Pagini: 368
Dimensiuni: 165 x 244 x 34 mm
Greutate: 0.67 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Ben-Ami provides a clear-eyed and balanced view of all the options and provides a necessary clearing out of all the worn-out cliches, myths, and shibboleths that have enveloped this long conflict.
I am one of those prophets who lost his honor by ending a war of more than half a century in my country. I did it with the invaluable advice of my good friend Shlomo Ben-Ami, whose profound knowledge and experience in the difficult art of peacemaking is demonstrated in this fascinating book. Anyone who wants to understand the nature and immense complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and why it is so different from any other conflict, must read Prophetswithout Honor. I certainly learned a lot.
Ben-Ami combines the skills of a professional historian with first-hand experience of the policymaker to produce a highly readable, illuminating, and riveting account of the Israeli-Palestinian quest for peace. His account is enhanced by vivid pen-portraits of the principal players, perceptive analysis of the obstacles on the road to peace, genuine soul-searching, and a most thoughtful distillation of the lessons of history. The book is a must read for would-bepeacemakers and for anyone interested in this bitter, protracted, and intractable conflict.
Prophets without Honor is a masterpiece—sad, tragic, and true. Part V, "Defying the Logic of Conflict Resolution," left me breathless, with its transcendent analysis of the Israel-Palestine conundrum within the context of global conflicts.
In this fascinating, deeply insightful, and painfully honest account of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and their consequences, Ben-Ami brings the perspective of both an insider negotiator and outsider scholar to understanding the world's best-known intractable conflict. While analyzing the enormous obstacles to progress, he offers nuanced historical lessons that illuminate the long and hard path forward to a possible peace. Highly recommended for all thoseinterested in conflict resolution and Middle Eastern history and politics.
A keen acolyte of the human condition, Ben-Ami conveys sparkle to a dark, mean and cruel conflict, affords depth to shallow, tragic and devious alley cats, trails a tortuous road to nowhere and delivers lush scholarship to an arid landscape exuding a unique generosity of spirit. A cavernous sense of melancholy casts a deep shadow as if echoing: 'He that increaseth wisdom, increaseth sorrow.' The ghost of Schopenhauer hovers over a scintillating thriller of politicalpsychology.

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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 savethe 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).