The Camp David Summit of 2000 was a formative event in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian relations. It was the most comprehensive effort ever to resolve a hundred-year conflict. Yet, it not only ended in failure but was immediately followed by the eruption of unprecedented violence. After an message from President Bill Clinton, and introductory chapters by Shimon Shamir, Itamar Rabinovich, Sari Nusseibeh and Martin Indyk, the 27 chapter contributions are divided to: Israeli Negotiators, Palestinian Perspectives, American Participants, the Barak Version and its Critics, the Negotiation Experts, Academic Perspectives, and the Clinton Parameters. The volume concludes with a Political Debate on the way forward. This book is essential reading for all those interested in Israeli-Arab relations, the Middle East in general, international diplomacy, and conflict resolution.
Shimon Shamir, Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History, is former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt; first Israeli Ambassador to Jordan; and current Head of The Institute for Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation, Tel Aviv University. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Messsage from President Bill Clinton. OPENING PRESENTATIONS -- The Enigma of Camp David; The Failure of Camp David: Four Different Narratives; There Could Have Been Another Way; Camp David in the Context of US Peace Strategy. ISRAELI NEGOTIATORS -- Background, Process and Failure; The Roles of Barak, Arafat and Clinton; Factors That Impeded the Negotiations; Lessons from the Camp David Experience. PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVES -- Wrong Assumptions; The Israeli Proposals Were Not Serious; The 'Blaming Game is Wrong. AMERICAN PARTICIPANTS -- The Effects of the 'Syria First' Strategy; Sins of Omission, Sins of Commission; American Mistakes and Israeli Misconceptions. THE BARAK VERSION -- The Myths Spread About Camp David Are Baseless; The Lines of 1967 Should Have Been the Basis for Negotiations; The Strategy of Creating Facts on the Ground Impeded Negotiations. THE INPUT OF EXPERTS -- Planning for Jerusalem; The Role of Informal Talks; Track II Plans. ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVES -- An Irresolvable Conflict or Lack of Ripeness?; The 'End of Conflict' Obstacle; The Pitfalls of Summit Diplomacy; Psychological Barriers to Negotiations. ROUNDTABLE -- Past, Present and Future -- A Political Debate.