Prophets Without Honor: The 2000 Camp David Summit and the End of the Two-State Solution

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About the Author
Shlomo Ben-Ami is an Oxford-trained historian with a long academic career who later served as Israel's ambassador in Madrid and then as foreign minister in Ehud Barak's government. He participated in the July 2000 Camp David peace summit with President Clinton, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He subsequently led the Israeli negotiating team in all the phases of the peace process down to the last ditch attempt to save the peace at Taba in January 2001. Never before had Israelis and Palestinians been so close to reaching a peace accord. After leaving politics, Ben-Ami founded the Toledo Peace Centre in Spain. He is also the author of Scars of War, Wounds of Peace (Oxford).

Ben-Ami provides a clear-eyed and balanced view of all the options and provides a necessary clearing out of all the worn-out cliches, myths, and shibboleths that have enveloped this long conflict. -- Martin Green, Jewish Books Council

I am one of those prophets who lost his honor by ending a war of more than half a century in my country. I did it with the invaluable advice of my good friend Shlomo Ben-Ami, whose profound knowledge and experience in the difficult art of peacemaking is demonstrated in this fascinating book. Anyone
who wants to understand the nature and immense complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and why it is so different from any other conflict, must read Prophets without Honor. I certainly learned a lot. -- Juan Manuel Santos, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former President of

Ben-Ami combines the skills of a professional historian with first-hand experience of the policymaker to produce a highly readable, illuminating, and riveting account of the Israeli-Palestinian quest for peace. His account is enhanced by vivid pen-portraits of the principal players, perceptive
analysis of the obstacles on the road to peace, genuine soul-searching, and a most thoughtful distillation of the lessons of history. The book is a must read for would-be peacemakers and for anyone interested in this bitter, protracted, and intractable conflict. -- Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of
International Relations, University of Oxford, and author of The Iron Wall

Prophets without Honor is a masterpiece--sad, tragic, and true. Part V, Defying the Logic of Conflict Resolution, left me breathless, with its transcendent analysis of the Israel-Palestine conundrum within the context of global conflicts. -- Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle
East Policy Studies at Princeton University and former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel

In this fascinating, deeply insightful, and painfully honest account of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and their consequences, Ben-Ami brings the perspective of both an insider negotiator and outsider scholar to understanding the world's best-known intractable conflict. While analyzing the
enormous obstacles to progress, he offers nuanced historical lessons that illuminate the long and hard path forward to a possible peace. Highly recommended for all those interested in conflict resolution and Middle Eastern history and politics. -- William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes and
co-founder of Harvard's Program on Negotiation

A keen acolyte of the human condition, Ben-Ami conveys sparkle to a dark, mean and cruel conflict, affords depth to shallow, tragic and devious alley cats, trails a tortuous road to nowhere and delivers lush scholarship to an arid landscape exuding a unique generosity of spirit. A cavernous sense
of melancholy casts a deep shadow as if echoing: 'He that increaseth wisdom, increaseth sorrow.' The ghost of Schopenhauer hovers over a scintillating thriller of political psychology. -- Hussein Agha, Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, University of Oxford, and coauthor of A Framework
for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine

A detailed, provocative, brilliant and somber analysis of attempts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. --Jerusalem Post