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Submitted by Leonid Kaplun-Leonov (United States), Jul 6, 2007 at 14:58

Dear Dr. Pipes,

After more than fifteen years of travel and work in Muslim countries, watching numerous disputes regarding Mid-Eastern problems and terrorism, I came to the solid conclusion that there is a desperate necessity of a book or movie (or - better – both) that would present a well-documented, well-argued history of Arab/Israeli negotiations. For example, it is the territory problem that most frequently used to justify the hate and terrorism against Israel, however people tend to forget pretty generous Israeli propositions to resolve territorial disputes.

I have no doubts – it is the history of Arab/Israeli negotiations that most clearly reflects the essence of the Middle-East problem: Israel wants nothing but peaceful coexistence, and his neighbors want nothing but destruction of the Israeli state and killing of all Jews.

I do not hope that such movie (or book) – if created – will significantly change the mood of millions of insane idiots, jumping and yelling "Death to Israel, death to America!". However we need to remember that there are millions of normal people throughout the world who want and ready to accept the truth but are deafened and brainwashed by anti-Western and anti-Israeli propaganda. Such documentary, if created, will help to bring them on the side of Good, as well as it may be a huge help during numerous disputes that are not going to end soon. And it may be captivating by itself.

The necessity of such documentary looks so dramatic to me that I am writing similar letters to other people who, as I hope, may have knowledge and will to cope with this task.

I do not expect to receive the response to this letter, however I will be happy if I receive a brief confirmation that my message has been read.

Regards, Leonid Kaplun-Leonov


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Such a book does exist, and it is Futile Diplomacy by Neil Caplan, a multi-volume study apparently still in progress. For the Middle East Quarterly review of vol. 3, see http://www.meforum.org/article/1233.

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