From the prelude of the October 1973 Middle East war through the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty in March 1979, Kenneth W. Stein grippingly traces American involvement in the Arab-Israeli negotiations. He provides an extraordinary range of first-hand accounts, recollections and anecdotes from over eighty bureaucrats, diplomats and military leaders who participated in Arab-Israeli peace talks in the 1970's and since.
Since the official public record remains unavailable for reasons of national security, these interviews provide unequaled insight into the internal divisions, political intrigue and untold stories of the peace process. Charting the complex and often contradictory goals of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, the US and the USSR, Stein chronicles the evolution of these negotiations and analyzes the key roles of Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, and Begin. An introduction and epilogue place this period in context of Arab-Israeli history since 1948 and the current status of the peace process.
The Egyptian-Israeli negotiations that eventually led to the Camp David Accords not only resulted in the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and a major Arab state but also permanently changed the political and strategic map of the Middle East. In this highly readable and informative book, Stein, a historian of the Middle East and former director of the Carter Center at Emory University, gives a detailed analysis of crucial events that brought about this sea change in Arab-Israeli relations. Although the book focuses on the period from October 1973 to November 1977, Stein provides background information for a better understanding of the intricacies of the negotiating process. Through interviews with a host of participants in the Arab-Israeli peace talks, he also provides unique insight into the process of peacemaking. Highly recommended for scholars of the contemporary Middle East, journalists, and practitioners of modern diplomacy.--Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.