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Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs, 1948-2003 Paperback – April 18, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0691119823 ISBN-10: 0691119821 Edition: Updated and Revised
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Editorial Reviews


"Rabinovich offers a masterful overview without wasting a word."--Foreign Affairs

"A keen strategic mind is at work in Waging Peace--dovish but tough, focused on the big picture yet ever attentive to particulars. This eloquent book is essential reading for anyone following the Arab-Israeli peace process."--Mitchell Cohen, New York Time Book Review

"[Waging Peace] is calm, dispassionate, impersonal, unusually well-informed. . . . Rabinovich is not a polemicist given to flourishes of rhetoric. . . . [He possesses a] keen strategic mind."--Amos Elon, New York Review of Books

"In Waging Peace, Itamar Rabinovich offers a good diplomatic history of how the Israeli-Palestinian peace process unraveled. Ultimately, the former ambassador believes not only that Arafat 'failed the test of leadership' but that the broader Arab world's rejection of normal ties with Israel keeps the door of war perpetually open."--Jerusalem Post

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"In this updated edition of Waging Peace, Itamar Rabinovich once again brilliantly combines the firsthand insight of a diplomat with the analytical rigor of a scholar. I can think of no better guide to lead us through the political imperatives at the root of the Israel-Palestine conflict."--Henry Kissinger

"Itamar Rabinovich brings to this topic both the experience of a veteran participant and the skill of a distinguished historian. The result is a fascinating and illuminating narrative and analysis. His added coverage of the events of the last four years is particularly valuable."--Bernard Lewis, author of What Went Wrong


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Updated and Revised edition (April 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691119821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691119823
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 20 people found the following review helpful By pjm on June 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
The previous reviewer uses this review to express her own political biases that have little to do with this book. Rabinovich is a pro- peace liberal, you are not if you prefer Sharansky. I don't know what Malter's credentials are but a consensus is building that conservative Israelis killed the Oslo Accords not Arafat. It was a bad deal for everyone. There will never be a two state solution as long as the haredim control Jerusalem and the IDF generals control the government. Most politically active Israelis don't want peace because no one (not even the US)can make them accept the Palestinians as equals deserving rights to live where they were born.
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Why isn't there peace? Well, it could be partly due to all the incitement against Jews having rights in the Middle East. It could be in part due to all the antizionist propaganda, and to the support for such propaganda at the UN, in the European Union, among the Arabs, and in much of the international media. It could be plenty of things. It could be in part due to insisting on blaming the wrong party much of the time.

That's why this book, which does have quite a few facts in it, seems to be less than what one would hope it to be.

There are a couple of places where the author had a chance to make a statement that would help put blame where it belongs and thus promote peace. At one point, Rabinovich quotes some folks who blamed Israel for the collapse of the 2000 Camp David "peace" talks. According to the quote, the Arabs "were more resigned to the two-state solution than they were willing to embrace it; they were willing to accept Israel's existence but not its moral legitimacy."

Well, this is just the place to say something strong against some extremist attitudes. Aggression is a crime. Obviously, to get it to stop, it will not suffice to convince a criminal that he or she ought not attack one particular victim for a little while and ought to concentrate on others instead! If it is legitimate for any human to exist, it is legitimate for Israelis and Israel to exist. If there is a complaint with some Israelis or with some Israeli action, those individuals and particular actions need to be questioned, not the right of humans to exist in general.

Agreement on moral legitimacy is a key and essential element of peace.
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