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Inhaltsangabe: What we have come to call the Arab-Israeli peace process began in 1977, when Egypt's president, Anwar Sadat, decided, with no warning and against fierce resistance, to break with his Arab neighbors, defy the central tenet of their formidable alliance, and travel to Jerusalem with his minister of state for foreign affairs. Boutros Boutros-Ghali was that minister, and this is his astonishing account of the brave and often difficult diplomatic journey that began that cold November night and ended with the landmark Camp David agreement three years later.

Egypt's Road to Jerusalem is the first insider's account, from an Arab point of view, of the historic agreement that opened the way to the Arab-Israeli peace process and established the direction of America's relationship with both Israel and its Arab neighbors. Reconstructed from the diaries Boutros Boutros-Ghali kept at the time, this is a faithful record of fascinating conversations--with an elliptical and visionary Sadat; a resilient Ezer Weizman, whose charm forged the first bonds of friendship and respect; a relentless Jimmy Carter; an unpredictable Moshe Dayan.

There are surprising snapshots here of Camp David--where members of the Egyptian and Israeli delegations bumped into one another in pajamas and sports clothes and while bicycling on forest paths--and of encounters with stunning figures from the world of high diplomacy, from Tito and Fidel Castro to the poet-president Léopold Senghor and the murderous and peculiar Idi Amin.

Egypt's Road to Jerusalem reveals the difficulties faced by Arab negotiators--then and now--as they confront a suspicious and intransigent right-wing government in Israel on the one hand, and dissension at home and throughout the Arab world on the other. You will discover here the real motives behind Egypt's delicate balancing act: between its national interest and its commitment to the Palestinian people; between its allegiance to pan-Arabism and its decision to part from Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia to open the way for peace.

Egypt and Israel's breakthrough agreement at Camp David was one of the defining diplomatic moments of our time. Here is how it all began.

Rezension: Most people remember Boutros Boutros-Ghali as the former secretary general of the United Nations whose conflicts with the Clinton administration cost him a second term in office. Before his service with the U.N., however, Boutros-Ghali was minister of state for foreign affairs to Anwar Sadat during Sadat's daring rapprochement with Israel; Boutros-Ghali even accompanied the Egyptian president on his historic first trip to Jerusalem in 1977. Egypt's Road to Jerusalem is one man's account of the Arab-Israeli peace accords from the Arab perspective. Boutros-Ghali bases the book on the diaries he kept at the time, and though his chronicle suffers from the repetitions and trivia inherent to all private journals, the benefits of his eyewitness account far outweigh these minor irritations.

Boutros-Ghali takes the reader along the rocky diplomatic road toward peace, from Sadat's sudden trip to Jerusalem up through the landmark Camp David agreements three years later. In between are portraits of the main players in this international drama--a mercurial Moshe Dayan, a relentless Jimmy Carter--as well as verbal snapshots of other encounters Boutros-Ghali had with such world leaders as Tito, Castro, and Idi Amin. What makes Egypt's Road to Jerusalem so satisifying is the author's reflections on the people he has met and the issues with which he has grappled; what makes it important reading is the unusual perspective--for many Americans, at least--of the Arab-Israeli conflict as seen through an Arab's eyes.

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