Now or Maybe Never: For an American Peace in the Middle East
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On the mark and powerful.
—Le Monde, November 2009
The best one-volume history of Judaism in print.
—on A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People,
Michael Joseph Gross
Now or Maybe Never, a discussion of how Israel and Palestine came to their present impasse and what can be done now, is addressed and dedicated to President Barack Obama. The author, eminent Israeli historian Eli Barnavi, asserts that no one else can impose peace between the two entities and that there is no choice but to act now.
Barnavi believes that if no action is taken under Obama’s administration, there may not be another opportunity for reconciliation and that the consequences of inaction would be apocalyptic. He reached his viewpoint by considering the “logic” of the conflict.
In Now or Maybe Never, he explains how he reached that viewpoint, how the “logic” of the conflict brought him to write this plea to President Obama. He presents a clear look at the crucial events in the historic relationship between Israel and Palestine, from the First Zionist Congress in 1897 until today. He next extracts from that history a logical explanation for the current state of affairs. Then he asks—and answers—three essential questions:
• Why did the peace process begun in Madrid in 1991 fail repeatedly?
• Why are the two parties incapable of attaining peace on their own, even though they both seem to want it?
• Why is the United States the only country capable of intervening to force the two to reach a peaceful accord?
Now or Maybe Never may contain the basis for a new plan for the peace that everyone wants—and the world needs—in the Middle East.
Eli Barnavi :
Eli Barnavi is Director of the department of history at the University of Tel Aviv and Associate Professor at the École des Haute Études et Sciences Sociales in Paris. He was Israel’s ambassador to France from 2000 to 2002. Barnavi participated in the negotiations that followed the Oslo Accord. He is currently the science consultant to the Musée de l’Europe in Brussels and editor-in-chief of the blog Europe hebdo. He is the author of a number of works, including, with Saul Friedländer, Les Juifs et le XXème Siècle: Un Dictionnaire critique (Éditions Calmann-Lévy, 2000) and A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present (Random House, 2003).