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The Peace Process by Afif Safieh
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Apr 15, 2011

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Read from April 11 to 15, 2011 , read count: 1

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Starting in 1990, Afif Safieh spent eighteen years as head of the Palestinian delegation to a number of governments. This collection of speeches and writings spans both his career and the ten years preceding that appointment.

As the Palestinian side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been long underrepresented, this does provide significant insight into the PLO's positions and thoughts with regard to the peace process. As a piece of historical material, it should be a valuable resource for historians studying the period.

But, as it is a collection of independent essays on mostly the same topic, it becomes repetitive for the general reader. As any speaker would, Safieh uses the same quotes, the same anecdotes, and the same turns of phrase throughout the various works. While it does provide, from a historical perspective, a consistency of thought worth acknowledging, it can be tiring to read the same thought on comparing Israelis and Palestinians to two men jumping out of a burning building for the third time.

Still, bringing a new perspective is valuable in and of itself, and those interested in the conflict would be well served by adding this to their library.
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Reading Progress

04/11/2011 page 30
10.0% "A speech and an interview from the 80's. Safieh attempts to be nuanced but certain words defy any attempt."
04/12/2011 page 101
35.0% "Most productive so far, an interview with Gene Sharp about non-violent resistance"
04/13/2011 page 151
52.0% "Wrapping up testimony before a hostile English Parliamentary committee"

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