The Complete Palestinian Account of the Negotiations – From Oslo to Annapolis: 4-Annapolis Negotiation
This volume complements three previous volumes about the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, since it covers the period from mid 2007 to late 2008, and includes the deliberations that took place after US President George w. Bush's call to hold a conference in Annapolis. It documents the proceedings of the conference and discusses in detail the negotiation rounds, including the informal minutes of the rounds that came to a halt on the eve of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in late 2008.
Although the Annapolis negotiations that took place amid pessimistic expectations, failed to achieve any of the desired goals, and to make a breakthrough in the negotiations deadlock, or more accurately it led to almost nothing at all, I chose to write the story of this round, the last one for me in the long process which started with the Oslo negotiations in 1993.
The most important aspect of this volume, which I hesitated a lot before publishing it, is the documentation and historiography, as well as the narration and analysis of another negotiations round that produced no results - like most of the previous rounds - which might hold some useful lessons for any negotiations in the future.