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Peace is Possible: Conversations with Arab and Israeli Leaders from 1988 to the Present Hardcover – February 2, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1557047021 ISBN-10: 1557047022 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket; First Edition edition (February 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557047022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557047021
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,678,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's rare to find a political activist who is able to hold two conventionally opposed views in mind, yet throughout most of this book, Abraham (founder of the Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation and former chairman of Slim-Fast Foods) manages to do just that. Without denying his Zionist underpinnings, he addresses the concerns of both Jews and Arabs. Reflecting nearly 20 years of private diplomacy, his book is neither scholarly nor analytical; it reads more like the private diary of a thinking man with incredible connections to virtually everyone of influence in Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian and Jordanian politics. This intimate style can serve as a strength; it allows Abraham to maintain a straightforward tone devoid of grandstanding. Answering detractors who suggest that territorial compromise could threaten Israel's safety, he writes simply: "I can only say that the 1967 borders are a blessing in comparison to the borders Israel now has. I know that to many these words sound jarring, but I assure you, they are true." Likewise, Abraham has a refreshing ability (or naïveté?) to humanize leaders more frequently lionized or demonized. Easily read in an afternoon, this volume doesn't provide new information, but it gives an uncommon perspective on what we already know. (Mar.)
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About the Author

S. Daniel Abraham, the former chairman of Slim-Fast Foods, is the founder of the Center for Middle East Pece and Economic Cooperation in Washington, D.C., and a dedicated philanthropist devoted to Israel and Mideast peace. His other philanthropic projects address the needs of the homeless, terminally ill children, and abused children, as well as issues concerning health care, education, nutrition research, and Jewish life. A New York native, he now lives in Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife, Ewa, and their two young children, Sarah and Sam.

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Plenty of books have been written about Israel's stormy relationships with its neighbors - but few hold the content and impact of PEACE IS POSSIBLE: CONVERSATIONS WITH ARAB AND ISRAELI LEADERS FROM 1988 TO PRESENT. Entrepreneur author Dan Abraham founded Slim-Fast Foods and utilized his resources from this to facilitate Mideast peace, making over sixty trips between 1988 and 2002 and meeting with major Arab leaders as well as Israeli prime ministers. His business background helped difficult negotiations, and his active role helped leaders understand the process of peace. Meeting transcripts, diary entries and his own notes make for a unique documentation of a personal contribution to the peace process.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on February 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Oh sure, this book has some material that is worth reading. Danny Abraham talked to all sorts of people in the Middle East about peace. And I'm giving his book three stars on that basis alone. On the other hand, meeting people is not really the same thing as accomplishing something positive. If the people my own parents had met with had decided not to start wars, the Second World War would not have occurred.

Is peace possible? Of course it is. The potential benefits of peace are enormous (not only to both sides but to society as a whole), and sooner or later, it is likely that people will take advantage of them. However, I think we need to avoid counterfeit offers of peace. I get plenty of Internet messages saying that I've won the Lottery, but I ignore them. And similarly, I would not want to take a peace offer seriously if it were made by a bunch of insincere, dishonest, and racist thugs who regarded their opponents as trash.

I think Dan Abraham should have made it clearer that there is a difference between a Moderate position in human relations (namely one in which one lives at lets live) and an Extremist position (one in which one feels a need to engage in genocide, or at least ethnic cleansing). Extremist positions tend to lead to war, and that's what we're seeing from many on the Arab side. And while Abraham does discuss some Arab misperceptions about reality, I feel he does not do justice to the severity of the problem of the barrage of anti-Zionist lies we see from the international community, academia, and the media.

The author does mention that one makes peace with one's enemies, not with one's friends. But that is misleading. Peace needs some sincerity, some truth, and some ability and desire to keep commitments to avoid fighting.
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