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

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Macmillan, Jun 1, 2005 - History - 848 pages
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"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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Ross was the U.S. government envoy to the Middle East peace process for 12 years, from 1988 to 2001. This memoir, based on his extensive notes and diaries, presents a detailed account of the ... Read full review

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Contents

The End
3
Why Israelis Arabs and Palestinians See the World the Way They Do
15
The Road to Madrid
46
Rabin Presidential Transition the Syrian Pocket and Oslo
88
From Oslo to the Palestinian Authority
122
The Evolution of the Syrian Talks
137
King Hussein Fulfills His Grandfathers Legacy
164
The Interim Agreement
188
The Wye Summit
415
Bibi Surrenders to the Right and Loses the Israeli Public
460
Great Expectations for Barak
495
Syrias My Priority
509
Asads Surprise
536
The Rise and Fall of the IsraeliSyrian Deal
549
From Stalemate to Camp David
591
The Camp David Summit
650

The Rabin Assassination Would Tragedy Produce Opportunity?
209
Was Asad Up to It?
216
Could the Peace Process Be Saved?
246
Bibi Wins Will Peace Lose?
256
The Endless Hebron Shuttle
269
One Last Push to Settle Hebron
293
From Breakthrough to Stalemate
323
The 13 Percent Solution
349
Prelude to Wye
398
The DenouementFrom Camp David to the Intifada to the Clinton Ideas
712
Learning the Lessons of the Past and Applying Them to the Future
759
EPILOGUE
781
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
801
Appendix
809
Notes
815
Acknowledgments
821
Index
825
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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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