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A Few Misinformations

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Submitted by Leila Hemmati (United States), Jun 2, 2011 at 06:50

Overall, an interesting article. Blood of Abraham isn't the best of books to use when researching the Middle East, though there are worse. Carter's emphasis on US involvement, back story of the Bible, and strange relationship with Begin are huge detractors–and the contradictions.

Something you said is misinformed, however.

"The commitments made at Camp David concerning the oc­cupied territories and rights of the Palestinians have not been hon­ored." Also, he argues that a May 1981 statement in which Prime Minister Begin promised never to leave the West Bank or Gaza "con­travenes the basic terms of the Camp David accords." But he also states that "the terms of the treaty have been observed by both sides." Which is it? The vacillating qualities that marked Mr. Carter's career as a politician remain entirely with him as a writer."

That bit. His 'the terms of the treaty have been observed by both sides" is in relation to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, a derivative of the Camp David Accords. Not the accords themselves.


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