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Palestine Peace Not Apartheid

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Following his #1 New York Times bestseller, Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine.

President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leav
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Published September 18th 2007 by Simon Schuster (first published 2006)
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George Clark That's a reasonable questionable and one I've often asked myself. The best response: the Arabs made a hell of an error. But that does not justify Isra…moreThat's a reasonable questionable and one I've often asked myself. The best response: the Arabs made a hell of an error. But that does not justify Israel's brutal, apartheid occupation of the West Bank. (less)

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Will Byrnes
Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
As might have been expected, Israeli and Jewish leaders were apoplectic at Carter for daring to criticize Israel. David Ross, who worked with Carter, had published an Op Ed in the NY Times excoriating Carter for a factual error he had made in identifying a map in the book. Fourteen members of the board of Carter’s foundation resigned in protest. So what is all the fuss about?

Jimmy Carter - image from USA TODAY

Carter has a fluid, if dry writing style. One reads him for information and analysis,
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: palestine
When I told my parents I was going to do solidarity work in Palestine, they - in the midst of yelling and tears - asked me why. I said that I wanted to be able to come back and talk about what I had seen. My father's retort was something along the lines of "What about Jimmy Carter's book? What could you possibly say that a Nobel prize winning well respected ex-president couldn't?"

A year after coming home, I finally read it. There's very little that Carter and I have to say that's the same, as we
I felt this was an obviously truthful book, perhaps generating more controversy than it should have by using "apartheid" in the title. Carter has been in the Middle East so often (plus his inside knowledge from his years as President) that to think that he doesn't understand what is happening there is delusional. The last part of the book describes the Wall that Israel has constructed, which keeps the Palestinians away from Israeli (illegal) settlements, and makes it difficult for them to even g ...more
Richard Derus
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Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Following his #1 New York Times bestseller, Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine. President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major playe
Montzalee Wittmann
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter is a book I bought new ten years ago. Yes, it is that old. The middle east has more issues now but this book is about the Arab/Israeli situation then. The book starts out giving a history of the region going back thousands of years and how the region has changed leadership. President Carter then speaks personally about his trips to the middle east and what he sees, how he feels, what is said, who he talks with, etc. He is open and honest and shows ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
immy Carter is a despicable anti-Semite who holds a grudge against the Jewish people who he blames for his losing the 1980 Presidential
Election to Ronald Reagan.
Jimmy Carter is also a pathetic and immoral opportunist who has jumped on the 'hate Israel' bandwagon to get his wizened face back into the limelight.
Is Carter trying to remain in the limelight, at the expense of
Israel's people? And at the expense of peace , justice, and human rights (YES, folks, Israeli Jews have human rights too , it s
Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I just finished reading the latest book by Jimmy Carter Palestine Peace Not Apartheid. It's the book that has been so controversial because of the title. Some conservatives and liberals have said that Mr. Carter has stepped over the line and is showing his anti-semitism. I recommend that you read the book and make up your own mind. Mr. Carter has spent the last 30+ years working toward a fair and secure peace for the mid-east region and his work has be
Mohammed Morsi
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is dead honest. It's a must read if you are interested in the Palestinian quest for freedom. It's not a road map nor is it a solution but it's consideration of what is sustainable. The Palestinian people deserve to be free to live a life free of segregation and oppression and this book highlights in simple terms what it means to replace an increasing moral decay, brought by decades of Zionist ideology and brainwash, with a peace. Co-existence in which ever form IS possible but it is on ...more
Heba AbuZaghlan
Jimmy Carter presented himself as someone who is fighting to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but any one who is fighting for Israel to have a state on Palestinian land advocates the eviction of people from their homes and striping them from basic human rights only because they claim to have a right to live on this land.

the book was really frustrating all it did was justifying Israel existence on Palestinian land and justifying every single attack done by Israel against the Pales
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
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“Interesting to understand Carter's point of view. Written in a childish, Sunday school style. Biggest failing is the blindness to official, state anti-Semitism in the Arab world and the consequent wild, irrational hatred of Jews, not just Israelis by the Arab public. To listen to Carter one would think that the governments of Egypt and Syria have some legal disputes with Israel that being reasonable people they could be resolved by negotiations if the Israelis would only be reasonable too.

Elliot Ratzman
Jimmy Carter was demonized for writing this mild, sober book with a strong title; go figure. That’s how nervous alleged “pro-Israel” propagandists are about his even-handed assessment of Israel’s colonizing practices. Prez Carter, do recall, brokered the Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, but that hasn’t stopped the bizarre claim that he is an anti-Israel Christian anti-Semite--whatever. Few “buts” about it, the book is an apt intro to the Is-Pal conflict, one speckled with les ...more
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
The first political book I ever read. I learned a little more about the region and the charts that were included were really helpful. I read a lot of negative reviews for this book, but decided to read it anyway. Most reviewers, I have noticed, generally give a negative review on something (books, movies, music, etc.) and people that actually read, watch or listen, find them enjoyable. I have stopped listening to reviews and instead decided to gain my own perspective of the material. I am glad t ...more
Mar 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People whose rich parents would drive them in a BMW to the revolution.

Carter, the fellow who backed monied interest bullies and poverty pimps in third world elections against “Liberation Theology” leaders and the poor wherever he was invited, and acted as postman to every terrorist who returned his call, again tries to play the game of honest broker.

What follows is not a geo-political discourse, though Carter brings it out in his book -- but calls into the question the credibilty of the author on the subject of human rights. One, I argue, the author of the book
بثينة العيسى
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Human Race
Mr. Carter is accused of anti-Semitism? Seriously? That's the opposite of the impression I had when reading his book and especially in the first 3 chapters.

I highly appreciate what he said about Gaza and mistreatments of the Palestinians especially in the last 5 years when the so-called "peace process" stopped.

I thought that he should express a direct blame to the brutal Israeli policies more than he did. I also think the US policies in recent years are contributing to eliminate any REAL peace
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, politics
I just finished reading Jimmy Carter’s controversial book on the Palestine-Israel conflict. It’s both fascinating and accessible. Everyone should read it, no matter where they stand on this divisive issue. President Carter, responding to some of the vitriol that surrounded his book tour, said that we need to have a discussion and his book opens up space to have that discussion. I heartily agree.

Carter provides much needed historical and political context to the problem, covering the issue not on
Todd Martin
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture-politics
I figured it was long past time I learned a bit more about the Middle East conflict, so decided to read Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by former US president Jimmy Carter. Who better to explain the issue than the individual who has probably spent more time and energy working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict than anyone alive (he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 in part for these efforts). As I expected, the issue is a complicated and twisted mess. But Carter does a nice (if somewha ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a handful of books on the Israel/Palestine situation, and this one definitely was one of the most useful. Why? A couple reasons:

1. Jimmy Carter writes with a simple, easy-to-read tone. He doesn't wax literary, but just tells a first-person account of his interactions with all sides in the Palestinian conflict over 3+ decades of peacemaking in the Middle East.

2. He has had a front row seat to the political maneuvering over the years. That means he explains the issues from a practical, p
Paula Weston
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look at the politics of the Israeli-Palestinian situation from someone who has been actively involved in the process, first as US President, and then as the head of an organisation helping to run democratic elections in the Middle East. A refreshing perspective from a well-known American, who is frank, open, and even-handed in his treatment. It is written in simple language and is a great primer for people wanting to understand the background of the situation, and where it was at w ...more
Alejandra Streeper
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely everybody should read this book!!!... It is a very good introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It starts kind of slow and you don't really know what to expect, but after the first chapter it gets very interesting. It begins with a little of the history of both cultures so you can understand where it all started, and then it explains in a very clear and easy way how the events developed. If you thought Arabs were the bad guys you should check this out, it will enlighten your ...more
Brian Griffith
Carter writes simply, like he was explaining the geo-historical situation to his Sunday school class. He has listened to all parties, and he conveys their views or concerns respectfully. It's a far more gracious approach to diplomacy that we normally see in our political figures. He clearly admires Israel, but he also respects ordinary Palestinians. And speaking as an American who values equal rights for all, he must note the accumulation of land seizures, evictions, ethnic cleansings, settlemen ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite its provocative title, Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, provides a balanced look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the book, Carter sifts through the pages of history and presents the story of the land of Israel in a concise, accessible account. He describes the many peace efforts in the region, like the Camp David Accords, and analyzes why they ultimately didn’t work from the perspective of someone who has been actively involved in the peace process. After hear ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enough time has gone forward since this book hit the stands and the whole situation has gotten much worse. At the end of the book is Appendix I
UN Resolution 242, year 1967
UN Resolution 338, year 1973
Camp David Accords, year 1978
Framework for Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, year 1978
UN Resolution 465, year 1980
Arab Peace Proposal, year 2002
Israel's Response to the Roadmap, year May 2003

I did not bother to read them after reading the book. I just could not see a reason.
I suspect it is good that we have
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when it first came out, but it seems very timely now to revisit. I had been under the impression that the Clinton administration had tried earnestly to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the book made it clear that there has been no real attempt on the part of the United States to help the Palestinians since the inception of the conflict. I would say that Bush's statement that a Palestinian State was the presumptive goal of any talks was probably the most effective help th ...more
Roger DeBlanck
Jimmy Carter’s oddly-titled book makes a questionable investigation of the crisis between Israelis and Palestinians. He assigns disproportionate culpability to the Israelis as derailing the peace process. When he chooses not to blame Israel outright, his perspective does lend some crucial insight to the historical dilemma in the volatile Middle East. But Carter allows his many fair and accurate assessments in the book to be washed out by continually returning to his agenda of taking aim at Israe ...more
Carmen Hartono
Carter gives us an honest assessment of the problem in the Holy Land. But as much as I wanted to believe his ideology, the truth is that none of the peace accords have succeeded. True to form for an American president, Carter pushes democracy religiously.

I should add that in the back of my mind is the assassination of the Archbishop Oscar Romero, which occurred under the watch of the Carter Administration. The crime was committed shortly after Romero wrote Carter asking for the US to stop the sh
James Jarritson
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned alot in this book that I feel I should have already been aware of; like Operation Opera where Israeli forces bombed and blew up an Iranian nuclear reactor: about the Camp David accords and land disputes. There has always been growing illegal Israel settlements in recognized Palestinian territory in which resources like river water is diverted away from Palestinians. There really is alot of learn from reading this book but definitely take your time to read it because theres alot of info ...more
Benjamin Ables
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasant surprise. I started reading it with an expectation bias that President Carter would pander to both sides in an effort to alienate neither. This wasn't the case at all. He apportions the majority of blame for the failure to achieve peace between Palestine and Israel to Israeli intransigence, prevarication, and duplicity. It was a refreshing departure from the status quo.

If you aren't well read on the century-long struggle, this probably isn't the best book to start with.
Jul 22, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In this book, former president Jimmy Carter offers a perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He suggests that peace can be achieved in the region when Israel starts honoring UN resolutions 242 and others. If only Israel left the occupied territories, all would be well. But Carter fails in this respect. Honoring UN resolutions is no panacea. The conflict is thousands of years old. Although not entirely accurate in some places (Carter’s notes are faulty at times), the book does shed some ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it
For all the controversy it engendered, I wasn't surprised by anything in this book, nor was it a particularly captivating analysis or innovative plan for the Middle East.

The book is useful as a brief sketch of the recent conflict and the involvement of American diplomatic efforts. Criticism that it is heavy on the negative role of Israel is understandable and justified but easily explained by Carter as an antidote to the overwhelming influence of AIPAC and the mass media on the discussion in Ame
Yonis Gure
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This is a pretty decent compendium on the Israel/Palestine Conflict. I agreed with the author's premise prior to the read, which in turn lead to his analysis to be pretty traditional and normal in my view. I rounded up to 3 because I honestly did enjoy a good portion of this book. To say writing isn't Jimmy Carter's best Milieu would be a gross understatement. I really felt like this was chore to read. For someone wanting to understand the Israel/Palestine conflict as it pertains to the
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James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981, and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate and as the 76th Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.

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