Academic journal article Military Review

THE HIGH COST OF PEACE: How Washington's Middle East Policy Left America Vulnerable to Terrorism

Academic journal article Military Review

THE HIGH COST OF PEACE: How Washington's Middle East Policy Left America Vulnerable to Terrorism

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THE HIGH COST OF PEACE: How Washington's Middle East Policy Left America Vulnerable to Terrorism, Yossef Bodansky, Prima Publishing, Roscville, CA, 2002, 652 pages, $27.95.

Can there be peace in the Middle East? No, according to Yossef Bodansky in his book on the IsraeliPalestinian peace process from 1998 to july 2002. The High Cost of Peace shows two vastly different definitions of peace that prevent any true peace between Israel and Yassir Arafat's Palestinian forces.

Supposedly for Arafat, peace is a process to gain territory to replace Israel with a Palestinian state and return displaced Palestinians. According to Bodansky, Arafat will say anything or sign almost anything to gain land for his war of independence, but he does not always honor his word nor end the violence.

Bodansky presumes that for Israel, peace means an end to Palestinian violence; that Israel will return land if it means an end to terrorism. But if terrorism continues, he feels, eventually there will be a public demand for a military crackdown. For Israel to give territory to an enemy to use for violence against them would be suicide. Therefore, Israel's response Io terror can be viewed as self-defense.

Both Israel and Egypt receive pressure from outside influences. Bodansky maintains that the United States supports its democratic Jewish ally, but that U.S. presidents also use this support to try to divert attention away from U.S. domestic affairs and to build a "legacy. …

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