The Financial Times contextualizes its January 4 review of two recent books (Preventing Palestine, by Seth Anziska, and Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu, by Anshel Pfeffer) by maintaining that Netanayhu and Menachem Begin are “two rightwingers who prevented a viable Palestinian state.”
Here are relevant passages from the review:
Netanyahu’s is a political career seemingly launched with one goal: preventing a viable Palestinian state.
Netanyahu may disagree but his most visible impact on modern Israel is that 25 years after Oslo was signed, no Palestinian state has taken form.
In Anziska’s deeply researched book, the idea of a negotiated path to a viable Palestinian state was first betrayed at Camp David in the late 1970s, when US president Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin, Israel’s rightwing prime minister, and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat brokered the accord that brought a lasting peace between Egypt and Israel. That deal, he argues, not only delayed the question of Palestinian statehood but also allowed Begin to reshape what it might one day eventually mean. With access to declassified memos and documents scattered around the world by a succession of shattered peace processes, he pieces together a single moment in which the seeds for a diminished Palestinian state were laid. Autonomy not independence. Lines on a map not true borders.