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Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Hardcover – January 14, 2013
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"Elliott Abrams was at the epicenter of President Bush's commitment to forge a sustainable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tested by Zion, Abrams's fascinating new book, takes the reader inside the debates that took place in the Oval Office with the president and his senior advisors on Middle East peace." - Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former United States Secretary of State
"Elliott Abrams has written the definitive insider account of the U.S.-Israeli relationship during the critical years under President George W. Bush. This fascinating, important book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of Israel, the U.S.-Israeli relationship, and the prospects for peace in the Middle East." - Joseph I. Lieberman, United States Senator (Independent-Connecticut)
"Abrams's riveting insider account of the Bush administration's policies and actions with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a must-read. Chock-full of details that are relevant not only to historians but to future policy makers, Tested by Zion is accessible, readable, and brilliantly presented. Although I don't always agree with my former student, Elliott Abrams, I always learn from him and am proud to have been one of his teachers. This book really matters." - Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Law School, Author of Trials of Zion (2010)
"Elliott Abrams has written an excellent book on a hitherto neglected aspect of Bush administration foreign policy. Meticulous and yet gripping, Tested by Zion weighs the opportunities for diplomacy against its limitations more convincingly than any other account I've seen of the recent Israeli-Palestinian relationship. Highly recommended." - John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University
"Mr. Abrams's book is the definitive history of the last Republican president's considerable accomplishments in the Levant." -Wall Street Journal
"The book is not only a fascinating yarn for those of us who report on or follow closely the Middle East but also a tour de force of diplomatic history which captures an era and set of characters like few books have done." -Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
"Israelis, Americans, and others who read Tested by Zion will gain important insights not only into the history and nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but also the inner workings of American foreign policy." - Itamar Rabinovich, Jewish Review of Books
"...[TESTED BY ZION] represents the single most cogent statement of the neoconservative analysis of the Arab-Israeli conflict." Michael Doran, The Weekly Standard
"...'Tested by Zion' will be catnip for anyone interested in diplomatic history or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abrams's account of the difficult choices faced by the administration - and the policy decisions it made - will fuel endless debate for generations of students studying international affairs." -Glenn Kessler, Washington Post
"From his experience as a senior adviser on the U.S. National Security Council, Abrams provides an intelligent and astonishingly detailed chronicle of the George W. Bush administration's failed attempts at solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." -John Waterbury, Foreign Affairs
"...Abrams' work constitutes a very important addition to the library of books by American officials on Washington's role in Middle East peacemaking." -Oded Eran, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affair
"...many will find Abrams's pointed criticisms and historical descriptions to be a refreshing departure from some of the more political and popular accounts of the peacemaking process, which tend to be more overtly political and pro-Israel." -Christopher J. Dolan, H-Diplo
"....detailed, frank, and perceptive account of the George W. Bush administration's involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." -Nathan Thrall, New York Review of Books
"This book is a necessary addition to collections with audiences particularly interested in US foreign policy toward the Middle East and US-Israeli relations." -Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
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First, it explains by means of a well-researched narrative, quotations and anecdotes exactly what happened and why it happened. Because of his many years in government and credibility, Abrams has been able not only to recreate the events by review of his own calendar and note-taking, but also his access to key US, Israeli, Arab and European players in office then and now. Facts and insights provided by the author and his interviewees make the reader feel present in the room or listening in on the phone conversations.
Second, Abrams' narrative again and again helps readers appreciate that not only did President Bush remain engaged and active because both his heart and head were in the issue, but also that the Israelis have yet to have a true negotiating partner in the Palestinian leadership. Some are too weak to be effective; some are too determined to eliminate their opponents. All that is explained convincingly in this book. And perhaps most tragic, Abrams recounts Ariel Sharon's lament delivered with great emotion and clarity, that as long as the Palestinian leaders teach their society to hate Jews and to glorify violence, peace is not possible. Nor, sadly, is democracy, which Abrams makes clear is the only long-term solution to the problems in the Middle East.
It has been US policy since 1956 for Israel not to lose any wars but also not to win any. The answer for Middle East peace is for there to be a clear winner and a clear loser. When some functionary in the Obama Admin writes his telling of the Obama years and the Middle East, it will read almost identically to this one.
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