Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace

Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace

by Leon H. Charney
Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace

Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace

by Leon H. Charney


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The term "back door channel" has been in use since the early 1950s by government and foreign policy officials as well as intelligence operatives. It refers to alternative methods for official governmental, diplomatic entities and covert intelligence agents to communicate across borders.

Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace is the story of the interplay between the official government channels and those not in government, who acted largely behind the scenes of the peace process between Egypt and Israel. The process that began in 1978 was led by Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, and is still holding today.

Tracing the confluence of facts that led to the Camp David Accords and the ensuing peace treaty of 1979, this book examines not only the powerful personalities that drove the peace process, but also the secret liaisons, communications, and behind the scene personalities that played important, yet seldom understood, roles in forging that peace agreement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569804629
Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Important Dates xv

Prelude xv

The Ceremony

Last-Minute Jitters

The Emotion of Peace 3

The Celebration 13

Part 1 Back-Door-Channels

1 The Dashing General 23

Night Memories

We Meet Again

Forging of a Bond Enter Sadat

2 Sadat the Charmer 34

The Secret Meeting

An American Dream

Star-Quality General

3 The White House Connection 39

The Bonds Strengthen

Carter's Growing Involvement

"Nu, Sing!"

Israel Grows Leery

Weizman Comes to Talk

Reprisal and Respite

4 "Get Me Charney!" 55

Shake Hands with the Great

Senate-Hopeful Bradley

Personalities and Leaks

"Keep the Channels Open"

5 The Viennese Road to Cairo 62

6 Messages from "the Gilded Cage" 68

The Good News

7 After Camp David

Giving Peace a Chance 78

8 The Drive Toward Peace 90

A Sense of Destiny

Time for Reflection

9 A 50-50 Chance 102

Business Picks Up

Where Do We Go from Here?

10 Begin, One-on-One 113

A Trip for Peace

A Talk with Peres

11 A Presidential Visit 122

A Welcome Fellow Traveler

Awaiting the Chief

A Sprint for Peace

The Midnight Oil

Comes the Dawn

Peace in the Air

Enter Strauss

12 Arms Make the Man 144

Whisked to Washington

Back Down to Earth

Diplomatically Speaking

A Farewell to Arms

New York, New York

The Door Swings Wide

13 The Shcharansky Episode 161

Fulfilling a Promise

14 Conversations with Kreisky 167

Viennese Music

Lunch with Kahana

The Chancellor Speaks

An Assessment

Auf Wiedersehen

15 Negotiating the Channel 179

Sharks in the Potomac?

A Chill in the Air

16 A Shift to the PLO? 185

Strauss the Mediator

Varying Mediation Methods

Reflections from Strauss

Fiasco at the United Nations

A Shift Back to Peace

17 Carter and the Jews 196

According to the Gospel

An Equitable Attitude

The Fight for Soviet Jewry


'No' to the Boycott

Koch and Carter

Right or Reputation?

Another Mayor's View

The Carter View

All in the Family: The Good Guy

And the Bad Boy

18 A Change in the Communication Line 216

Into Lebanon

Part 2 The Opening of Doors

19 Counsel to a Senator 221

Joe, Sammy, and Frank

Subway to the Senate

The Happy Warrior

The Senator and the Party Secretary

On the Senatorial Trail

A Prophetic Ben-Gurion

A 'Cold' Golda

Mission to Minsk

20 The Yom Kippur War 239

To Israel, to War

21 Red Passports 255

To Russia with Apprehension

Next Stop, Minsk

Rosh Hashanah in Leningrad

And Home Again

22 An International Bank Crisis 274

Meeting the Decision-Makers

The Banking Duo

23 The Opening of Doors 283

The Door to Peace

The Door to Gratitude

The Door to Service

The Door to Political Support

The Door to the Future?

24 The Viennese Connection to Iran 291

Viennese Kosher

A Kreisky Proposal

From Vienna to Tel Aviv

The PLO Beckons

A Four-Point Strategy

25 Controversy at the U.N. 302

The Controversial U.N. Resolution

The Back Door to the U.N.

An Appraisal

26 One Year Later 314

A Year Remembered

Ezer Resigns

Public Person, Private Life

27 A Campaign and an Olive Branch 321

Sparks on the Campaign Trail

An Olive Branch Offered

"By My Spirit"

28 An "Unsung Hero" 330

An Interview

Window on the World



Keeping the Faith

Appendix 343

Glossary 351

Index 355

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