Prophets without Honor: The Untold Story of the 2000 Camp David Summit and the Making of Today's Middle East

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The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is the story of the defining failure of the entire two-state peace paradigm, a rote religion that still dominates the international discourse on Palestine. In its two first parts—Anatomy of a Seminal Misencounter and A Savage War for Peace—this book is an insider account of the July 2000 Camp David summit and the negotiations that followed it, amid the Second Intifada, the cruelest war in Palestine since 1948, until the last days of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Clinton’s Peace Parameters were the “final product” of that endeavor. The failure of Camp David is also explained through the drama of the interplay between its main actors, Ehud Barak, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat. The third part—A Story of Promise and Deceit—comprises six chapters that offer an interpretive account of all peace negotiations to this day; a description of the occupation’s traits of permanence; and the inherent contradictions of the two-state solution; The fourth part—Denouements—has two chapters that bring under scrutiny ominous alternatives such as the binational state, an Israeli unilateral pullout from much of the West Bank and Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century.” It also discusses the “Jordanian option”, a solution with a long pedigree here revisited.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages382
ISBN (Electronic)9780190060473
ISBN (Print)9780190060473
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Barack Obama
  • Barak-Arafat’s clash
  • Bi-national delusions
  • Camp David’s legacy
  • Clinton’s stewardship
  • Donald Trump
  • Ehud Olmert
  • Interim Agreement
  • The Jordanian option
  • Two-state solution
  • Unilateral disengagements


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