Review by Choice Review
Among many activities pursued since his presidency, Jimmy Carter has continued involvement in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In this account, Carter reviews US attempts to mediate, from his presidency (1977-81) through Palestinian and Israeli elections in 2006. The author describes his meetings and negotiations with political leaders of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel; he became close friends with several. Carter's account has raised the ire of many Israelis and some strong supporters of Israel in the US, with his charge that "Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land ... have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace settlement." He asserts that the construction of a wall by the Israeli government on Arab land, ostensibly to prevent infiltration of terrorists, along with continued occupation and control of the West Bank and Gaza, is contrary to international law. Carter claims these actions constitute a kind of apartheid. Peace will be attained, he asserts, with a two-state solution, Israel's withdrawal to 1967 borders, dismantlement of Jewish settlements in occupied territory, a shared Jerusalem, and equitable resolution of the Arab refugee problem. Appendixes include several relevant UN resolutions and other peace proposals. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates through faculty. D. Peretz emeritus, SUNY at Binghamton
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
It's hard to use standard criteria to assess this book. Former President Carter is not a very good reader; his tone is flat, and his pronunciation sometimes difficult. Nor is he a literary stylist; there is neither music nor imagery in his down-to-earth sentences. But Carter feels strongly that what he has to say is absent from public discourse and policy decisions, and he knows that his status and voice provide authority to what might otherwise be rejected out of hand as anti-Israeli propaganda. He explains that Israel has never complied with U.N. Resolution 242 and others; has never lived up to its agreements made over the years in Washington, Oslo and elsewhere; continues to grab land through settlements and placement of a wall well within Palestinian territory; and still imprisons thousands of Palestinian men, women and children. While pointing out many murderous and counterproductive moves of Arafat and various Palestinian groups, he pointedly lays the blame for the current situation at the door of the Israelis and their Washington backers, with special venom for Bush and Rice, who have been mute on the subject for six years-even during the invasion of Lebanon. Many will dispute his facts and counter his views, but Carter maintains that if we really want to understand and promote change in this region, we must know both sides of the story. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 27). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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