The Battle For Peace

The Battle For Peace

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A revealing account of what happened behind closed doors as mortal enemies were struggling to overcome thirty years of bitter hatred in face-to- face encounters that electrified the world. Originally General Weizman shared Menachem Begin's hawkishness on the territories occupied by Israel after the Six Day War But, as the peace process unfolded, EzerWeizman became an eager advocate of reasonable concessions and compromise. For sixteen months, Weizman, Anwar Sadat, Begin, Jimmy Carter, Moshe Dayan and Qlrus Vance engaged in intense negotiations. And as the process accelerated, one startling development was the very special relationship that grew between Sadat and Weizman, a shared affection and respect that was both crucial and fascinating. When the Egyptian president confronted Ezer and promised No more war!, the challenge provoked Weizman and the Israelis to hurl themselves into peace as fiercely as they had waged war. Day and night Weizman worked, openly and secretly, participating in the mercurial ebb and flow, witnessing the birth pangs of the peace treaty until it finally came into being in March of 1979. This battle for peace had its moments of tremendous suspense, drama and even humor. Weizman's candor and perception illuminate the personalities that changed the course of history. Weizman was born in Tel Aviv in 1924 into an illustrious family; his uncle was the great Chaim Weizmann, first president of Israel. Early on, Weizman displayed the gifts expected of such a famous clan. At18 he played a major role in Israel's War of Independence. When only 2o he was appointed Air Force Chief of Operations and became its Commander in1958. Audacious as a fighter pilot, his tough, demanding leadership set the pace for Israel's war aces. Long before the Six Day War he prophesied that within six hours a preemptive strike could demolish the Egyptian Air Force and win the war.

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