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Peace First by Abu Ala, Uri Savir

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INTRODUCTIONMaking Peace in a World at War

THIS BOOK IS THE RESULT OF MY PERSONAL AND NATIONAL distress.

From a personal perspective, I wrote this book while recovering from a severe stroke. It is believed that distress sharpens one’s thinking; this was certainly my experience. In writing this book I was reconnecting with life. For me, there is no stronger expression of life than yearning for peace.

In national terms, this book emerged from a place of disappointment regarding the implementation of the Oslo Accords. As chief negotiator for Israel, I was profoundly invested in the process. Yet, despite the agreement’s historical achievements, both Israelis and Palestinians are still trapped within a culture of conflict; the region remains pitted ...

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