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Shattered Dreams: The Failure of the Peace Process in the Middle East, 1995-2002

Charles Enderlin, translated by Susan Fairfield

"SHATTERED DREAMS is a deeply reported and scrupulous account of seven key years in the history of the conflict—from the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November of 1995 to the first election of Ariel Sharon a little over two years ago." —Ethan Bronner, The New York Times Book Review

"Here, then, is a fly-on-the-wall reconstruction of the top-table diplomacy of the entire peace process from its broad hopeful principles, down to niggly legalistic details." —The National Review

For the Clinton administration, it was a goal of historic magnitude: resolving the long, bitter conflict in the Middle East. After years of searching for ways to end the bloodshed, at last there came a moment when it seemed peace was near.... And yet, today, Palestinians and Israelis are still killing each other. What went wrong? As Middle-East Bureau Chief of the French Public television network and a resident of Jerusalem since 1968, Charles Enderlin has had unequaled access to leaders and negotiators on all sides. Here he takes the reader step-by-step along the path that began with the hope of agreement but led only to the ultimate collapse of the peace process. The dramatic account moves between the occupied territories and the negotiation tables as it follows the emotional shifts in the conflict from the 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin to the years when Benjamin Netenyahu was in power. Along the way, the author reveals details of the secret Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Sweden, offers new insight into the failure of Israeli-Syrian peace talks, and explains how head injuries sustained by the Jerusalem Chief of Police led to the Al Aqsa infintada. In a definitive account of the meetings at Camp David in July 2000, Enderlin details what was said between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators brought together by Bill Clinton in the presence of Yasir Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. With scrupulous concern for accuracy, he presents the talks from his unique vantage point, showing how intransigence, mistakes, and misjudgements on all sides have led to a growing climate of suspicion and to shattered dreams of peace.

Charles Enderlin is the Jerusalem Bureau Chief of France 2. Shattered Dreams was an immediate bestseller when it was published in France (Le Reve Brise, Fayard, Paris 2002), and became the basis for a television documentary that was aired in its American version by Frontline on PBS and in its international version by TV stations all over the world.
 
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