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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Elusive Peace
Israel and the Arabs: Elusive Peace television documentary archive
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
18 boxes or 0.18m3


Administrative / Biographical history

Israel and the Arabs: Elusive Peace was a three part series which examined the Arab-Israeli peace process, 1999-2005. The documentary was produced by Brook Lapping Productions Limited, a London based television production company. It was broadcast in Oct 2005. The Executive Producer of the series was Brian Lapping, with Series Producer Norma Percy, Series Producer and Director Mark Anderson, and Producer and Director Dan Edge.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Brook Lapping Associates, Dec 2005.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The collection includes 63 transcripts of interviews recorded in the making of television documentary Israel and the Arabs: Elusive Peace which examines the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace initiatives, 1999-2005. It also contains a DVD of the completed documentary, copies of the recorded interviews on VHS and DVD, as well as documentaries, press cuttings, and published works gathered in the research and production of the documentary.

Interviews were conducted with eyewitnesses from Israel, the former British Mandated Territory of Palestine, the USA and the UK. The interviewees recount their memories and describe their involvement in events including various diplomatic negotiations, 1999-2005, including the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, USA, 2000; the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, 2000; the assassination of Gen Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli Minister for Tourism, 2001; the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, New York, USA, 2001; the bombing of the Park Hotel, Netanya, Israel, 2002; the siege of the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, by Israeli Defence Forces, 2002; the siege of Yasir Arafat’s Presidential compound, Ramallah, West Bank, 2002; the capture of the weapons freighter KARINE A by Israeli Defence Forces, 2002; Israeli military action at the Palestinian refugee camp, Jenin (Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD), 2002; the assassination of al-Asqsa Martyrs’ Brigade member Raed Karmi, 2002 and the development of the ‘road map for peace’, 2002-2005.

Interviewees include political, military, diplomatic and civilian persons, notably Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel, 1984-1986 and 1995-1996; Benjamin (or Binyamin) Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, 1996-1999; Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel, 1999-2001; Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006; Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Defence Minister and Leader of the Israeli Labour Party, 2001-2002; Shaul Mofaz, Minister of Defence, 2002-2006; Chief of General Staff, Israeli Defence Force, 1998-2002; Daniel Ayalon, Israeli Ambassador to USA, 2002-2006; Danny (or Dani) Yatom, Director of Mossad, 1996-1998; Security Advisor under Ehud Barak, 1999-2001; Yasir Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1996-2004; Abu Mazen (also known as Mahmoud Abbas), President, Palestinian National Authority, 2005-2008 ; Abu Ala’a (also known as Ahmed Qurei), Prime Minister, Palestinian National Authority, 2003-2006; Nabil Sha’ath (also Nabil Shaath), Foreign Minister, Palestinian National Authority, 2003-2005, and Prime Minister, Dec 2005; Saeb Erekat, Head of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Steering and Monitoring Committee, 1995-2003; Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi (also Abd al-Aziz Rantisi), Ismail Abu Shanab and Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Yassin, co-founders of Hamas; William Jefferson (‘Bill’) Clinton, US President, 1993-2001; Gen Colin Powell, United States Secretary of State, 2000-2005; Martin Indyk, US Ambassador to Israel 1995-1997 and 2000-2001; Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State 1997-2001; Samuel ‘Sandy’ Berger, US National Security Advisor 1997-2001; Alastair Crooke, former Security Advisor to the European Union High Representative and Head of Foreign and Security Policy; Michael, Baron Levy, Tony Blair’s personal envoy to the Middle East 1998-2007; Sir Sherard (‘Louis’) Cowper-Coles, British Ambassador to Israel 2001-2003.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as above, with the interview transcripts in alphabetical order by country of residence.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of reader’s undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification.

Conditions governing reproduction

Please note that we cannot provide copies of the original documentary. Copies of the transcripts and research material, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. 

Language/scripts of material
English, Hebrew and Arabic
Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available online and in hard copy in the Archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives also holds the papers of the Brian Lapping Associates television documentary Fifty Years War – Israel and the Arabs which examines the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process, 1948 –1998.

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

2008, updated 2016

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