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ISRAEL - JUDAISM IN A NUTSHELL
by Shimon Apisdorf


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  Excerpt from ISRAEL - JUDAISM IN A NUTSHELL
Let�s Call It a Day and Go Home

In 1979, at the Camp David retreat in the Maryland countryside, President Carter convened a historic summit at which he, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin hammered out the Camp David peace accords between Israel and Egypt. Twenty years later in the summer of 1999, President Clinton convened a summit, once again at Camp David, where he, Ehud Barak, and Yasir Arafat were to resolve all the outstanding issues and finally achieve the peace that had been the promise of Oslo. September 13 had been set as the deadline for a final peace agreement leading to the creation of a Palestinian state, and to President Clinton it appeared that the situation had reached the �now or never� point. Both Barak and Arafat would have to face the moment of truth and make the hardest decisions of their lives for the sake of achieving a just and lasting peace. The core issues that would have to be resolved if Camp David were to succeed were the final borders of the Palestinian state, the status of Jerusalem, the right-of-return for Palestinian refugees, and the status of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza.

Both Ehud Barak and Yasir Arafat came to Camp David knowing that the terms of a final settlement were going to leave significant portions of their respective people unhappy. In Israel, some feared that Barak was prepared to relinquish too many strategic assets in the West Bank, that he would abandon most of the settlements, or that he would consent to some kind of division of Jerusalem and the establishment of a Palestinian capital there. On the Palestinian side, many, including the followers of Hamas and Islamic Jihad were against any kind of settlement at all and might be prepared to take up arms against Arafat and the PA if he were to sign a deal. There were also those who feared that Arafat would settle for less than the dismantling of 100 percent of the settlements and go soft on the Palestinian �right of return.� The right of return is the claim that even if a Palestinian state is created, still, any Palestinians wanting to return to their original places of residence inside Israel itself should be allowed to do so.

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