Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001
By Gilead Sher
Routledge – 2006 – 278 pages
Written by Gilead Sher, Israeli Chief of Staff during the tumultuous 1999-2000 peace negotiations, this book provides a fast paced description and analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Presenting an overview of the core issues of contention, the various key ‘players’ and the possible solutions formulated during the peace process effort, the book sheds new light on the events of that period.
An important contribution to the current literature, it provides a fresh understanding of the link between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the current global threats of Islamic fanaticism and international terrorism.
'As former Bureau Chief and Policy Coordinator for Israeli Prime Minister Barak, Sher was intimately involved in the negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Liberation Organization from 1991 to 2001. In this work he offers his relatively detailed account of the negotiations, generally maintaining his belief in the correctness of Israeli positions and decisions during the process.' - Reference & Research Book News
'The strength of his book lies not only in the framework it sets out for future peace, but also in the invaluable advice it gives to future Palestinian and Israeli negotiators.' - Louise Ellman, Labour and Co-operative MP for Liverpool Riverside and Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement
'Essential Reading for the Arab-Israeli Scholar.' - Clayton E. Swisher, Washington D.C
1. A Sense of Hope 2. Direct and Blunt Dialogue 3. The Friends of Peace Must be Strong 4. Politically, I’m Strangled 5. The Swedish Government at Your Service 6. First Movements 7. Do You Want An Agreement? 8. Trapped In a National Myth 9. An Historic Opportunity 10. God Bless You 11. Albright Tries to Prevent Collapse 12. Eight Hundred Times Jerusalem 13. There is Going to be a Catastrophe 14. Two States for Two People 15. Walls of Misunderstanding 16. Head of a Gang Leader 17. A Single Bullet in the Barrel 18. It's the Only Way 19. Do You Want to Continue Crying? 20. The Future of The Region Is In Your Hands 21. We’ll be Counting the Corpses on Both Sides 22. And Thou Shall Make Peace in the Land
Gilead Sher, former Bureau Chief and Policy Coordinator of Prime Minister Barak, acted as chief negotiator in the historic talks of 1999–2001 at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks with the Palestinians. Sher is one of Israel’s most reputable attorneys.