Tom Segev on The Makings of History: Spin versus spin since Adam and Eve
The shock, the disappointment, the insult and anger Israel expressed so alarmed the Americans that they went out of their way to conciliate the Jewish state.
In May 1989, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's government approved a plan to improve Israel's relations with Egypt and other Arab countries. One of the suggestions was that the Palestinians should choose their own representatives to negotiate the creation of autonomy in the territories. This apparently was one of those diplomatic fictions Israel tends to adopt from time to time in the hope of silencing its...
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