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Yesterday my husband was watching an interview with Jimmy Carter around his new book ‘Palestine Peace Not Apartheid’.

Now I was born in the USA, but raised in Canada so I’m not¬†completely up on the Presidents of the US,¬† but I remember that he was a good president and seemed to be a good man.

After watching the interview for an hour or so, I was struck by how this man is a truly great man, not loud and obnoxious, but quite and steadfast as it were.

In this his new book he is bringing light to many of the aspects of the Israeli / Palestinian dispute that we simply are not aware of, and that has not been brought to our attention via the media or through the government etc.

Description

Following his #1 New York Times bestseller, Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine.

President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major players from all sides in the conflict and has made numerous trips to the Holy Land, most recently as an observer in the Palestinian elections of 2005 and 2006.

In this book President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences with the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American officials avoid. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.

The general parameters of a long-term, two-state agreement are well known, the president writes. There will be no substantive and permanent peace for any peoples in this troubled region as long as Israel is violating key U.N. resolutions, official American policy, and the international “road map” for peace by occupying Arab lands and oppressing the Palestinians. Except for mutually agreeable negotiated modifications, Israel’s official pre-1967 borders must be honored. As were all previous administrations since the founding of Israel, U.S. government leaders must be in the forefront of achieving this long-delayed goal of a just agreement that both sides can honor.

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous book.

Above Description from Simon & Schuster @ SimonSays.com

You can also read excerpts of this book at abc News:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/story?id=2680021&page=1

I was impressed enough by the interview to look forward to reading this book, and I really believe that we all need to be informed of the different angles in all conflicts.

Jimmy Carter is all about peace, and I really think he makes some good points, and while it may be somewhat horrifying to see what we or our government condones when it comes to civil rights in this case the treatment of the Palestinians, it is truly important for us to understand and change our policies around these things.

PLJG

Shannix

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