The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace

The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace

by Dennis Ross
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The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace by Dennis Ross

"The definitive and gripping account of the sometimes exhilarating, often tortured twists and turns in the Middle East peace process, viewed from the front row by one of its major players."--Bill Clinton

The Missing Peace, published to great acclaim last year, is the most candid inside account of the Middle East peace process ever written. Dennis Ross, the chief Middle East peace negotiator in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, is that rare figure who is respected by all parties: Democrats and Republicans, Palestinians and Israelis, presidents and people on the street in Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Washington, D.C.

Ross recounts the peace process in detail from 1988 to the breakdown of talks in early 2001 that prompted the so-called second Intifada-and takes account of recent developments in a new afterword written for this edition. It's all here: Camp David, Oslo, Geneva, Egypt, and other summits; the assassination of Yitzak Rabin; the rise and fall of Benjamin Netanyahu; the very different characters and strategies of Rabin, Yasir Arafat, and Bill Clinton; and the first steps of the Palestinian Authority. For the first time, the backroom negotiations, the dramatic and often secretive nature of the process, and the reasons for its faltering are on display for all to see. The Missing Peace explains, as no other book has, why Middle East peace remains so elusive.

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ISBN-13: 9780374529802
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 1,310,623
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Dennis Ross, Middle East ambassador and the chief peace negotiator in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, now heads the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Missing Peace : The inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Described as the 'inside story' of the intricacies surrounding the Middle East peace process, the writer provides details pertaining to the many summits and negotiations between both sides including those at Madrid, Oslo, Geneva and Camp David. The reader is taken behind the scenes to witness the diplomatic disputes/stalemates and personalities seeking to negotiate over the pivotal issues pertaining to this ongoing conflict. The book's cover carries many accolades for the author, including glowing comments from such as former US President Clinton together with those from former US Secretaries of State Kissinger, Christopher, Shultz and Albright. The writer also being lauded as having spent more time negotiating with Yasser Arafat than anyone else. Whether or not the reader will agree with all of these sentiments or the opinions included within this study, the individual cannot fail to be impressed with how eminently readable this rather lengthy investigation is. Despite the realms of text and detail available, having studied these issues myself for some time, I cannot shake the feeling that many officials still have not grasped an agenda which seeks nothing less than the 'eradication of the Jewish state' as detailed in the 'Palestinian National Charter'. Whilst the book refers to the process discussed in relation to the latter's 'revocation', the Charter still remains in effect and valid. Given such an understanding, then the reader can perhaps better understand the context of the negotations and read between the lines as to what actually constituted the refusal by Arafat and his entourage, to accept what are cited as the most far reaching concessions and offers for peace ever made by an Israeli government. Whilst the book attaches significance to so many individual issues, I feel frustrated that the aforementioned point is apparently not understood. Others may disagree. The full text of the offer of a peaceful settlement is included in the book's appendix. An offer cited as having been agreed to and accepted by the former Israeli PM Barak but refused by the late Palestinian Chairman Arafat. Essentially this settlement offer is described as having revolved around an offer to provide the Palestinian side with a state of their own which included some 99% of what Arafat actually demanded. The book describes this as being namely a deal upon settlements, refugees and Jerusalem's Temple Mount/Holy places together with the inclusion of East Jerusalem as a capital of a Palestinian state. This 'solution' is also cited to have included between 94% and 96% of 'West Bank' territory inclusive of a 'land-swap' of between 1% and 3%. A number of other issues being left for negotiation, such as the degree of militarization of any future Palestinian state etc.. Perhaps the most crucial declaration and admission of all cited herein was that the agreement would result in an 'end of conflict' with it's implementation putting an 'end to all claims'. The book describes how Arafat refused to accept this offer and instead is cited as returning to violence and the outbreak of another 'intifada' having failed to obtain 100% of what the Palestinian/Arab side had demanded. I would consider this book to be valuable for anyone interested in studying the Middle East peace process itself where it would be a highly useful reference. However I would also be interested in accessing the opinions of other officials involved in relation to such a highly complex and contentious subject.