A Fire in Zion by Mark Perry
The Israeli-Palestinian Search for Peace

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A noted American journalist with unprecedented access to the major American, Israeli, and Palestinian players recounts the dramatic Middle East peace process, from 1988 until today. The historic handshake on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993, marked the most significant step toward resolving the bloody, forty-year war between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. The ceremonial reconciliation between a solemn Yasser Arafat and a reluctant Yitzhak Rabin was the result of a long and arduous process that had its roots in years of tentative contacts between the two sides. From Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to Madrid and Oslo, A Fire in Zion tells the startling story of the Israeli-Palestinian search for peace - and the searing and often tragic events that led to the peace agreement. In A Fire in Zion, Washington-based journalist Mark Perry captures for the first time the complete history of the Israeli-Palestinian accord. Spanning the period from December 1987 to the signing of the final accord on the White House lawn, the author sketches vivid portraits of the most important political and diplomatic figures of our time and the people who made peace possible: PLO chief Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, former Secretary of State James Baker, and a host of others. In each case the author was given extraordinary access to the decision-makers who brought the two antagonists to the peace table. A Fire in Zion begins where From Beirut to Jerusalem left off - revealing in timely, riveting detail how the Middle East conflict is now slowly being resolved. The author provides an incisive commentary on the divisions between American and Israeli Jews, the conflict inside the PLO, the struggle for peace inside the Israeli government, and the often vicious fights in both the Bush and Clinton administrations over just what a Middle East peace should look like. A Fire in Zion is much more than a dramatic recounting of international intrigue; it is also a saga o

About Mark Perry

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MARK PERRY, writer, reporter, and foreign policy analyst, has published articles in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including "The Nation, "The Washington Post, "The Christian Science Monitor, the" Los Angeles Times, and "New York Newsday. His critically acclaimed books include "Four Stars: The Inside Story of the Forty-Year Battle Between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and America's Civilian Leaders; Eclipse: The Last Days of the CIA; Fire in Zion: The Israeli-Palestinian Search for Peace; and Lift Up Thy Voice: The Grimke Family's Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders." Perry lives in Arlington, Virginia. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published June 1, 1994 by William Morrow & Co. 356 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Gulf War made Israel a part of the Middle East as no other event had in its forty-year history.'' All these factors (and many more), coupled with the fall of the Soviet Union, are noted by Perry as crucial in pushing Israel and its neighbors to the peace table.

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Based on interviews with PLO chief Yassir Arafat, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and other key participants in the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, Perry's study is a major entry in the literature of modern diplomacy, tracking the slow process of reconciliation from the beginning of the Palest...

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