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It's forty years ago, although I lived through those years, it is is just historical content with little relevance today.

The boldness of Sadat to travel to Jerusalem and speak to the Knesset was quite amazing. This book illustrates the weakness of Carter as leader and the political goal for reelaction in 1980 played  key role. The Islamic Revolt of Iran led by Khomeini was the nail in Carter's coffin as U.S. president. Brzezinski was the hard-nosed anti-communist who made the deal with Saudi Arabia to send fighters  - jihadists - into the AfPak reguon to fight Soviet occupation af Afghanistan. It delivered the world Osama bin Laden and decades of global terror that is spreading today. Sadat failed to play a role similar to Nasser and was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood in October 1981. This brought Hosni Mubarak as leader to Egypt and Ayman al-Zawahiri as the co-plotter of 9/11 and leader of Al Qaeda. The Muslim states of North Africa have been targeted by the Islamic Jihad for many decades and will not be solved by U.S., French or NATO special forces to protect western interests.  

Carter Camp Divisions

The book explains clearly that the administration was divided between two camps: National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Vance was motivated more by human rights while Brzezinski spoke for a less pro-Israeli foreign policy, largely from the standpoint of securing Arab support against the USSR.

Domestic policy advisors were solidly in support of the traditional pro-Israel line because they feared the impact on Carter's prospects for re-election. Carter wavered between the two groups, Eisenstat writes. But he eventually surrendered to Israeli dictates in the negotiations. Even that wasn't sufficient politically: Carter was perceived as hostile to Israeli interests and his support among Jewish voters, according to the author, plummeted to 40 percent in 1980.

Israel and the U.S think the Islamic Revolution can be turned back similar to Communism and the Soviet Union ...

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For many years I have stated best to make Israel a state of the union to give peace a chance in the area of Palestine.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 09:33:39 AM EST
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Actually, Sadat's peace treaty was very similar to the offer he made earlier, with a deadline of September 1973. Israel didn't respond - Golda Meir discussed it with Dayan and Galili, but didn't even think of informing the Chief of Staff, or the head of Intelligence. Sadat's boldness was in starting a war that everybody knew Egypt would lose, but would shock the Israelis so that they would take his offer more seriously next time (in other words, it was a military defeat but a strategic victory). You can read about it in Kipnis' book, which I see has been translated.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 09:53:15 AM EST
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