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Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy

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Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami was a key figure in the Camp David negotiations and many other rounds of peace talks, public and secret, with Palestinian and Arab officials. Here he offers an unflinching account of the Arab-Israeli conflict, informed by his firsthand knowledge of the major characters and events.
Clear-eyed and unsparing, Ben-Ami traces the t
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Paperback, 411 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 10th 2005)
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Alonzo
A thorough and well-written work on this tragic conflict, that even as I started reading this was in the media headlines, again.

Ben-Ami is Israeli, but his book is as objectively written as I have read. He doesn't give easy, pat answers to the problem; and, he doesn't try to pigeonhole the problem into this or that category. It's not all about religion; and it is also not all about politics.

He makes an effort to show how both sides have dropped the ball in the peace process, and makes no excuse
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Oct 16, 2009 Stanley Friedland rated it it was amazing
This book is an history of the modern Middle East and Israel state. It is of a very rare intelligence in its understanding of war and peace process.
The tragedy of history is examined with courage sincerity and intelligence.
Matt
Oct 18, 2007 Matt rated it really liked it
This is about as balanced as your going to find a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Schlomo Ben-ami was a former foreign minister of Israel under Barak, but he sympathizes a great deal with the Palestinians.
Will Nassau
honest, uncomfortably honest. should be read by anyone who doubts that statehood is a bloody birth with villains on both sides.
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Ben-Ami is of the more sympathetic Israelis ever to have negotiated with the Palestinians.
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