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The New Middle East Hardcover – December, 1993

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In September 1993, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin publicly promised the world on the front lawn of the White House that Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization would henceforth work together in the pursuit of peace in the Middle East. This amazing accord, akin to the earlier demolition of the Berlin Wall, was the result of intense negotiations by a small group of visionary Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, and Norwegians. The only thing they had in common was a vision of peaceful coexistence in an area that has been washed with too much blood. As one of the primary participants, Peres, currently the Israeli minister for foreign affairs, describes some of the process that led to that historic event. More importantly, he eloquently speaks of the vision and philosophies that brought the process into being. The articulation of how Israelis and Palestinians (with their Arab compatriots) can move from today's challenges into tomorrow's opportunities is nothing short of inspirational. Peres's book should be required reading for everyone, and all libraries should have it in their collection. See also Barry Rubin's Revolution Until Victory? , reviewed below.--Ed.
- David Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; 1 edition (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805033238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805033236
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,447,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Simon Peres is a man of vision. That his ideas did not take hold is not a failure on his part. The region is not ready for peace until more men and women living in the area are ready to embrace the ideas set forth by this statesman and leader. Remember it was his generation of leaders on the Israeli and Arab side that brought a lasting peace to the Middle East. I am referring to the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bancroft on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's not his book `The new Middle East' where Shimon Peres drivels about a fantasy land where Arabs love Jews and `allow' us to thrive in our `land', you know, from Hedera-to-Gedera land, also referred to as peacenowland. No, that is not his claim to fame.

Shimon is a diplomatic paramedic. He can revive any dead or deadly deal and terrorist as long as he thinks will help him propel his fantasies. It all started back when Israel engaged the PLO in Lebanon in the early 80's. It was a difficult war. Muslims implemented suicide bombers for the first time and the body bags with young Jewish soldiers kept on coming. As careful as Israel wanted to be in regards to the Christian Lebanese civilians, it had no choice but to bomb Beirut until the rats where forced out of their hiding places. Thousands of so-called Palestinians surrendered including arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat. They cut a deal with Israel and were placed on boats and shipped out to Tunisia who took them in with open arms. Arafat, broke and fractioned was about to disappear forever into the annals of history as a dirty terrorist who accomplished nothing but the spilling of innocent blood. But hold on! Our paramedic had a brilliant idea. What if we bring Arafat back to Israel, build an army for him, give him autonomy over parts of Israel, and seek international support? Shimon's light bulb went on so bright and hot that it toasted whatever brain cells he may once had. And off he went, accompanied by Yossi Beilin -the guy with the forked tongue, Uri Savir -some leftist nut job, and a few other delinquents. Off to where? Tunisia, of course!

Yithak Rabin was Prime Minister and there was a law in Israel that forbade anyone from engaging in diplomatic affairs with members of any terrorist organization - that included the PLO.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am writing this review shortly after the month of March 2002 in which over 130 Israelis were murdered as a result of the Palestinian suicide bomber attack. In all, over 400 have been killed since the terrorist onslaught began in September 2000, which means more Israelis have been killed since the Oslo "peace agreement" was signed than in the Six-Day War. Peres, like many Israelis of his generation received a Marxist education which said man's overriding impulse is economic. This book is based on that mistaken premise. Peres thought that since, in the West, globalized economics and communications would lead to a weakening of nationalism, religion and other "parochial" concerns and lead to a world in which consumerism is the leading concern, the Middle East would soon follow suit and both the Jews and Arabs would abandon their former identities. The atrocities of September 11, 2001 have brought many people to doubt this view of the world when it was discovered that the vast majority of the suicide terrorists who commandeered the aircraft came from middle class backgrounds in Saudi Arabia or Egypt. Obviously, enjoying the money they had or acquiring more was not their top priority. They were avid users of the internet which Peres thought would be one of the main engines for globalization. The terrorists and other extremists apparently used it, not for looking at "girlie" and rock video websites but for the propagation of hate. Peres thought that the Oslo accords, based on his same materialist premises, would bring peace to Israel, but as I have pointed out, the body count listed above has proven that to be a false hope.Read more ›
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on May 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was written by Prime Minister Shimon Peres and published shortly after the signing of the Oslo Peace Accord. With this sign or peace and hope, Mr. Peres wrote on what it would take to make the Middle East a new economic center. Where all lived in prospertity and peace.

His vision, which at this time has not progressed very far, is based on that of the European Communities. And the work involved at the end of WWII which brought them to the 1990's. Where the European "Economic " Community is today. But Mr. Peres explains that if all the countires of the middle east would work toward a common goal of peace and economic unity, that they could be a thriving, propserous community of the world within twenty years.

This book shows me that Israel was ready in 1993 to do what was required to make the whole Middle Eastern region prosperious for all the peoples, regardless of ethnic or religious backgrounds. And that if reason would prevail, they were willing to help make this happen.

This book belongs in every major library. And should be read by any student of politics.
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