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Learning about the quest for peace from firsthand sources

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As a researcher at the Center for Israel Education (CIE), part of my work is reviewing and cleaning up interview transcripts. CIE founder and Chief Content Officer Ken Stein interviewed nearly 90 diplomats, politicians and others in preparation to write his book, Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin, and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (Routledge, 1999). It is this treasure trove that he wants published on our website. CIE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, independent institution committed to using primary materials to teach students, educators and the general public broadly about modern Israel. and Listening to interviews with historic figures directly involved with that quest for peace presents me – and will present the world when it is done – with an opportunity to learn from the most primary sources possible.

The interviews I have reviewed so far not only show different slices of perspective on the same events, but also contain insights into the behind-the-scenes relationships of each. For example, Israel’s Syrian-born Ambassador to Egypt Moshe Sasson, whose foreign service spanned half a century, shared his personal interactions and insights into, among others, Palestinians who came to the Lausanne........

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