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The path to Geneva : the quest for a permanent agreemen, 1996-2004
Beilin, Yossi.
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New York : RDV Books, [2004]

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377 pages : maps ; 24 cm
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From the early days of the secret Oslo talks through the recent crises and new developments in Israel and Palestine, Yossi Beilin has been at the center of it all. This book highlights his intensive and historic meetings with President Clinton, Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres, Hosni Mubarek, King Hussein of Jordan and Madeleine Albright, as well as Beilin's crucial connections with such seminal Arab leaders as Yassir Arafat, Saeb Erikot, Faisal Husseini and the first prime minister of "Palestine," Abu Mazen. The Beilin-Mazen agreements are the basis of the current "road map" to Middle East peace.

The reader is carried with Beilin to Bill Clinton's Oval Office, Mubarek's Cairo, Hussein's Amman, and many other centers of global power--becoming privy to historic encounters and the surprising details of those negotiations, both public and secret.

In Path , we learn how Beilin came to be this world leader in search of peace, how he overcame all the inherent difficulties, how he interfaced with world leaders and how he sees a solution to this ancient problem that creates a fair resolution for all sides.

This book is an extremely important and inspiring document, giving hope via pragmatism and the personal will of a dedicated, brilliant diplomat and visionary participant in this most challenging of arenas.

Dr. Yossi Beilin served as Israel's Minister of Justice from 1999 to 2001. A member of the Knesset for 11 years, Beilin has held ministerial positions in the governments of Rabin, Peres and Barak. He is a leading proponent of the peace process and initiated the secret talks resulting in the '93 Oslo Accords. He is the author of several books, including Israel: A Concise Political History , Touching Peace , and The Manual For Leaving Lebanon .

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Dr. Yossi Beilin served as Israel?s Minister of Justice from 7/99 to 3/01. A member of the Knesset for eleven years, Beilin has held ministerial positions in the govts of Rabin, Peres and Barak. He is a leading proponent of the peace process, and initiated the secret talks resulting in the '93 Oslo Accords. He is the author of several books, including "Israel: A Concise Political History," "Touching Peace," and "The Manual For Leaving Lebanon." Yossi Beilin has traveled extensively in the United States, and will be coming to the US to promote his book in bookstores, public engagements, national television and natinal radio.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Beilin, a member of Israel's Knesset and former government minister, was an architect of the 1993 Oslo accords; here he offers a comprehensive but dry insider's view of the recent years of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. Beilin's account accords with his image as a true believer in negotiations who has tried to bridge the gap between the two sides. He devotes much of the book to a blow-by-blow description of the failed attempts to make peace, critical of both the Palestinians and Israeli leftist leaders such as Ehud Barak; he regards the latter as well-meaning but flawed. But he saves most of his criticism for Israeli hawks like Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he sees as determined to avoid an agreement at any cost. The last chapter is the most vivid, as Beilin assesses why the peace process went off track: the Palestinian failure to fight anti-Israel incitement and Israel's failure to realize that ongoing settlement building would be seen by the Palestinians as a sign of lack of seriousness about making peace. But for Beilin, a confirmed optimist, the sign that peace is still possible is the Geneva Accord he helped negotiate in 2001 with a group of Palestinian leaders-the text is included in an appendix-and fellow optimists will learn much from Beilin's account. Map. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Beilin, a founder of Israel's left-of-center Yahad party and former Labor cabinet member, has taken the lead in negotiating with Palestinians to reach a peace agreement. He participated in several official negotiations and was instrumental in organizing the Oslo Conference, which led to mutual recognition between Israel and the PLO in 1993. In this book he "attempts to reach a better understanding of what went wrong" in the negotiations and to see how the parties can try to overcome their "different readings of reality...." He presents a detailed account of meetings that led to the unofficial Geneva Draft Permanent Accord signed in Jordan during October 2003. Beilin lauds former President Clinton's strenuous but unsuccessful attempts to persuade the parties to conclude a settlement despite failure. Although Beilin is disappointed with the efforts of Israel's former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, he praises him "as the greatest Israeli statesman." While highly critical of PLO leader Yassir Arafat, Beilin attempts to sympathetically analyze and understand Arafat's motivations that led to being ostracized by Israel and the US. Useful appendixes include five of the unofficial draft peace proposals Beilin and his associates reached with various Palestinian leaders, including the unofficial 35-page Geneva Accord. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Peretz emeritus, SUNY at Binghamton