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Following his #1 New York Times bestseller Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine.

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 in the Palestinian elections of 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. Except for mutually agreeable negotiated modifications, Israel's official pre-1967 borders must be honored. As were all previous administrations since the founding of Israel, U.S. government leaders must be in the forefront of achieving this long-delayed goal of a just agreement that both sides can honor.

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous book.

Review:

"The term 'good-faith' is almost inappropriate when applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a bloody struggle interrupted every so often by negotiations that turn out to be anything but honest. Nonetheless, thirty years after his first trip to the Mideast, former President Jimmy Carter still has hope for a peaceful, comprehensive solution to the region's troubles, delivering this informed and readable chronicle as an offering to the cause. An engineer of the 1978 Camp David Accords and 2002 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Carter would seem to be a perfect emissary in the Middle East, an impartial and uniting diplomatic force in a fractured land. Not entirely so. Throughout his work, Carter assigns ultimate blame to Israel, arguing that the country's leadership has routinely undermined the peace process through its obstinate, aggressive and illegal occupation of territories seized in 1967. He's decidedly less critical of Arab leaders, accepting their concern for the Palestinian cause at face value, and including their anti-Israel rhetoric as a matter of course, without much in the way of counter-argument. Carter's book provides a fine overview for those unfamiliar with the history of the conflict and lays out an internationally accepted blueprint for peace." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Jimmy Carter tells a strange and revealing story near the beginning of his latest book, the sensationally titled 'Palestine Peace Not Apartheid.' It is a story that suggests that the former president's hostility to Israel is, to borrow a term, faith-based.

On his first visit to the Jewish state in the early 1970s, Carter, who was then still the governor of Georgia, met with Prime Minister... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The former president's ideas are expressed with perfect clarity; his book, of course, represents a personal point of view, but one that is certainly grounded in both knowledge and wisdom." Booklist

Synopsis:

Following his #1 New York Times bestseller Our Endangered Values, the former president and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize offers a courageous assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine.

About the Author

Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including An Hour Before Daylight, called "an American classic," and the #1 New York Times bestseller Our Endangered Values.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

List of Maps

Historical Chronology

1. Prospects for Peace

2. My First Visit to Israel, 1973

3. My Presidency, 1977-81

4. The Key Players

5. Other Neighbors

6. The Reagan Years, 1981-89

7. My Visits with Palestinians

8. The George H. W. Bush Years

9. The Oslo Agreement

10. The Palestinian Election, 1996

11. Bill Clinton's Peace Efforts

12. The George W. Bush Years

13. The Geneva Initiative

14. The Palestinian Election, 2005

15. The Palestinian and Israeli Elections, 2006

16. The Wall as a Prison

17. Summary

Appendix 1: U.N. Resolution 242, 1967

Appendix 2: U.N. Resolution 338, 1973

Appendix 3: Camp David Accords, 1978

Appendix 4: Framework for Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, 1978

Appendix 5: U.N. Resolution 465, 1980

Appendix 6: Arab Peace Proposal, 2002

Appendix 7: Israel's Response to the Roadmap, May 25, 2003

Acknowledgments

Index

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Peter Miller, February 7, 2007 (view all comments by Peter Miller)
President Jimmy Carter has done a great service to this country in blowing open the taboo against talking about Israel's Apartheid system in the occupied territories. It is sad to see such a humane and earnest and hardworking peacemaker be so maligned by his critics.

How easily supporters of Israel forget that Carter was the American president that successfully forged peace between Egypt and Israel by having Israel return the land it stole from Egypt in 1967. He was the only American president to forge such an important and long lasting peace treaty for Israel. Israel will have to give back the rest of the lands it took in 1967 (from Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinians) in exchange for peace with its neighbors. Most reasonable people, including Israelis, will acknowledge this.

Unfortunately, Israel continues to colonize the West Bank and Golan Heights and keeps the residents of Gaza on a starvation diet. The international community considers all of Israel's settlements past the pre-1967 border (the green line) as illegal colonies and serious war crimes, but even under Israel's own internal laws, it was recently revealed, 40% of these exclusive, Jewish-only settlements are built illegally on land stolen from Palestinian civilians. As the chance for a viable Palestinian state slips away because of Israel's walls, fences, Jewish only colonies and Jewish only roads, the chance for Israel to find the security it desires also wanes.

It is understandable why Carter limited his focus and his criticism to Israel's Apartheid colonization of the West Bank. After all, he knew full well the fire storm that would ensue from even that limited, if critical, analysis of Israel's policies. However, his book only covers part of the story. First, there really is a strong racist component that is found amongst the zealous Israel firsters (both Jewish and Christian) which Carter seems to deny or gloss over. Second, the Palestinian citizens of Israel are denied important rights and are treated third class citizens. Their position within Israel is tenuous as they are viewed as potential enemies of the state by Israel's right wing and calls for their ethnic cleansing from Israel are often heard, even by important figures within the government, most recently Avigdor Lieberman, the Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs.

All in all, President Carter has written a landmark book: buy one and give it to one of your local, State, or Federal representatives: they need to learn the other side of the story.
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peaceNpalestine, January 28, 2007 (view all comments by peaceNpalestine)
The immense criticism of this book compelled me to read it. What could this peaceful ex-president have written to trigger all this: charges of antisemitism, wholesale resignations from the Carter Center Board, charges of accepting money from terrorist organizations, even protests over the factual nature of the work. The bloggers and editorials seemed to protest far too much.

Indeed, the clamor seems to be aimed at closing any discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As if it is in our best interest to maintain the current status quo- apartheid perpetuated by the US's "closest ally"?!!!

No side in this conflict can claim the moral high ground and the violence can no longer be traced back to it's beginnings so that one party can rightfully demand the other party to submit first. Carter correctly maintains that many agreements and resolutions exist to guide the reconciliation and the US needs to play an even handed role in the conflict.

Start by equalizing the aid we give to the Israelis and Palestinians. Oh sure, that will happen. Just an open discussion of the financial support we provide to the region would raise some eyebrows, don't you think? We in the US cannot ignore the violations of 242 and it is immoral for us to stand by and watch walls being built and checkpoints used as weapons.

Peace not Apartheid is a compelling book. Not as well written or powerful as it could have been, but a good starting point for discussion- if it is "allowed"
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sanders_d2, December 20, 2006 (view all comments by sanders_d2)
Scott Rose please get your facts in order, your comment of "It should also be noted that when Israel was attacked by its neighbors in 1967"

History states that it was Israel who launced a preemptive attack on Egypt,Syria,Iraq & Jordan. Not the otherway around, nice try!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743285025
Author:
Carter, Jimmy
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Peace
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Palestinian arabs
Subject:
International Relations - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The term 'good-faith' is almost inappropriate when applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a bloody struggle interrupted every so often by negotiations that turn out to be anything but honest. Nonetheless, thirty years after his first trip to the Mideast, former President Jimmy Carter still has hope for a peaceful, comprehensive solution to the region's troubles, delivering this informed and readable chronicle as an offering to the cause. An engineer of the 1978 Camp David Accords and 2002 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Carter would seem to be a perfect emissary in the Middle East, an impartial and uniting diplomatic force in a fractured land. Not entirely so. Throughout his work, Carter assigns ultimate blame to Israel, arguing that the country's leadership has routinely undermined the peace process through its obstinate, aggressive and illegal occupation of territories seized in 1967. He's decidedly less critical of Arab leaders, accepting their concern for the Palestinian cause at face value, and including their anti-Israel rhetoric as a matter of course, without much in the way of counter-argument. Carter's book provides a fine overview for those unfamiliar with the history of the conflict and lays out an internationally accepted blueprint for peace." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The former president's ideas are expressed with perfect clarity; his book, of course, represents a personal point of view, but one that is certainly grounded in both knowledge and wisdom."
"Synopsis" by , Following his #1 New York Times bestseller Our Endangered Values, the former president and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize offers a courageous assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine.
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