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ISRAEL AND THE ARABS: ELUSIVE PEACE, Television Documentary Archive

ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/1-22: Interview transcripts, Israel, 2004-2005.


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/1

2004 Dec 2 - Dec 6

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Daniel ‘Danny’ Ayalon, Israeli Ambassador to USA 2002-2006, describing reaction to comments made by George W Bush, US President 2001-2009, regarding a Palestinian state, 2 Oct 2001, and the drafting of the reply by Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, the ‘Czechoslovakia Speech’, 5 Oct 2001; reaction to the Zinni ceasefire plan put forward by Gen Anthony Charles Zinni, US Special Envoy to Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, 26 Mar 2002; reaction of the Israeli government to the Passover bombing of the Park Hotel at Netanya, Israel, 27 Mar 2002, including the first siege of the compound Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, and the launch of Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD by the Israel Defence Force (IDF), Apr 2002, the UN Security Council resolution to send a fact finding mission to investigate Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, Jenin, Apr 2002, and the end of the compound siege and negotiations surrounding the handing over of prisoners to British custody, Apr 2002; the difficulties of negotiating with Yasser Arafat, May 2002; problems with the publication and implementation of the road map for peace plan, 2002; visit of Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Adviser 2001-2005, to Israel, Jun 2003, including discussions regarding the security fence surrounding Gaza; the effect on negotiations of the resignation of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) as Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, 2003, and the election of Abu Ala’a, (Ahmed Ali Mohammed Qurei) Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority 2003-2006, in Sept 2003; drafting the exchange of letters between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush in which Sharon outlined his disengagement plan, Apr 2004. Also additional extracts from this transcript, made by Brook Lapping during production. Please note that the transcript includes some spellings which have been rendered phonetically.

67pp and 21pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/2

2004 Nov 1, 2005 Mar 9

Typescript transcript of two filmed interviews with Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel 1999-2001, describing meeting Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, at the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Barcelona, Spain, 1995; meeting William Jefferson ‘Bill’ Clinton, US President 1993-2001, at Camp David, 15 Jul 1999; negotiations with Hafez al-Assad President of Syria 1971-2000, Feb-Mar 2000; negotiations at the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, Maryland, USA, 11-25 Jul 2000, including debates within his own negotiation team, discussions with President Clinton and Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright, US Secretary of State 1997-2001, the difficulties of negotiating with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and the decision to offer divided sovereignty in Jerusalem; Barak’s meeting with Yasser Arafat at Kochav Yair, Israel, 25 Sept 2000; the visit of Ariel Sharon, leader of the rival Likud party 1999-2005, to the Temple Mount and al-Asqa mosque, Jerusalem, Israel, and the subsequent violent demonstrations, 28-29 Sept 2000; cease fire negotiations at the residence of the US Ambassador, Paris, France, 4 Oct 2000.

62pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/3

2005 Jan 24

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Yosef ‘Yossi’ Beilin, Israeli Minister of Justice, 1999-2001 and Chairman of the Meretz-Yachad Party, 2004-2007, describing attempts to begin Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in the period 1996-1999; the holding of regular meetings between Beilin and Palestinians Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), later Prime Minster, 2003, and President, 2005-2008, of the Palestinian National Authority, and Saeb Erekat, Head of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Steering and Monitoring Committee, 1995-2003 at the home of Egyptian Ambassador Mohammed Bassiouni (the Bassiouni Forum), 1998, leading to the Wye Agreement to reinstate implementation of the Interim Agreement of Sept 25, 1995, (the Oslo II Agreement), Oct 1998; the difficulties of holding negotiations in the face of opposition from Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel 1996-1999.

6pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/4

[2004]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Shlomo Ben-Ami, Israeli Minister of Public Security 1999-2000; Foreign Minister, 2000-2001, describing his role as advisor to Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel 1999-2001, in 2000; talks with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, May-Jun 2000; events at the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, Maryland, USA, Jul 2000, including the difficulties of negotiating with the Palestinians and disagreements within the Israeli negotiating team, particularly regarding the division of Jerusalem; Ehud Barak’s meeting with Yasser Arafat at Kochav Yair, Israel, 25 Sept 2000.

44pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/5

[2004]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Defence Minister and Leader of the Labour Party 2001-2002, describing reaction to the assassination of Gen Rehavam ‘Ghandi’ Zeevi, Israeli Minister of Tourism, Oct 2001; meeting with Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, and Gen Anthony Charles Zinni, US Special Envoy to Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, regarding the capture of a weapons shipment from the Palestinian freighter KARINE A, Jan 2002; making the decision to assassinate Raid Karmi, leading member of Al-Aqsa Brigade, Sept 2001; reaction of the Israeli government to the Passover bombing of the Park Hotel at Netanya, Israel, 27 Mar 2002, including planning of a potential offensive against Hamas, the idea to build the security fence and options for dealing with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004; Ariel Sharon’s meeting with Gen Colin Powell, US Secretary of State 2001-2005, Apr 2002; the conduct of Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, Apr 2002; the assassination of Salah Shehadeh, Hamas military leader, Jul 2002; account of meeting Arin Ahmed, failed suicide bomber, and discussing her experience and motivation, Aug 2002.

34pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/6

2005 Jan 31

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Noam Chayut, Israeli Defence Force Officer 1998-2003, describing the occupation of Tulkarem (Tulkarm), Oct 2001 and giving a detailed account of his experiences commanding an Israeli Defence Force regiment during Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, Jenin, Apr 2002; with analysis of the psychological and moral impact of the operation on the soldiers and civilians involved.

24pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/7

[2004]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Maj Gen Giora Eiland, Head of National Security Council 2004-2006, describing the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, May 2000; the effect on politics in the Middle East of the 11 Sept 2001 World Trade Centre attacks; the decision to assassinate Raid Karmi, leading member of Al-Aqsa Brigade, Sept 2001; reaction to the Zinni ceasefire plan put forward by Gen Anthony Charles Zinni, US Special Envoy to the Israel and Palestinian National Authority, 26 Mar 2002; the launch of Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD in Jenin and the UN Security Council resolution to send a fact finding mission to investigate the Operation, Apr 2002; the question of how to deal with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, Apr 2002; discussion of tactics used against Hamas, including targeted actions against identified individuals, 2002; negotiations surrounding the road map for peace plan and the withdrawal of the Israel Defence Force from Gaza, Jun 2003; the decision to attempt to assassinate the leadership of Hamas following a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, Aug 2003; negotiations surrounding ‘The Disengagement Plan’, issued by Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, Apr 2004; Ariel Sharon’s visit to Washington, Apr 2004.

67pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/8

2005 Jan 28

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Brig Gen Eival Giladi, Head of the Israel Defence Forces’ Strategic Planning Division 2001-2004, 2005, describing meetings with Gen Anthony Charles Zinni, US Special Envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, 2002, including reception of the Zinni ceasefire plan, Mar 2002; the impact of the suicide bombing of the Park Hotel, Netanya, Israel, Mar 2002, and the complexities of selection of targets for retaliatory attacks; the conduct of Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD in Jenin and the UN Security Council resolution to send a fact finding mission to investigate the Operation, Apr 2002; attempts to resolve the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem by Israeli Defence Forces, Apr-May 2002; attempts to resolve the second siege of the compound of Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, Ramallah, Sept 2002; negotiations surrounding the road map for peace plan, particularly the security aspects of the plan, 2002-2003; American reaction to the building of the security fence around Israeli territory, 2003; reaction to the suicide bombing in Jerusalem, Aug 2003; the announcement of Ariel Sharon’s, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, disengagement plan, Dec 2003. 89 pp. Also transcript of the same filmed interview with minor differences in text and editing.

52pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/9

2004 Sep 8

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Gidi Grinstein, Negotiation Secretary and Assistant Chief of Negotiations, 1999-2001, describing events at the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, Maryland, USA, Jul 2000; presentation of ‘The Clinton Parameters’, document outlining ideas for a peace settlement, prepared by William Jefferson ‘Bill’ Clinton, US President 1993-2001, Washington, Dec 2001.

48pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/10

[2004]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Israel Hasson, Deputy Director of the Israeli Internal General Security Service (Shabak), 2000, describing events at the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, Maryland, USA, Jul 2000, including official and private meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, disagreements and discussions within the Israeli negotiating team, particularly regarding the division of Jerusalem and the decision by Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel 1999-2001, to leave the negotiations early and his subsequent change of mind; negotiations with the Palestinians in Washington, Sept 2000.

27pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/11

2004 Dec 2

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Brig Gen Michael Herzog of the Israel Defence Forces, describing the capture of a weapons shipment from the Palestinian freighter KARINE A, Jan 2002; the visit of Gen Anthony Charles Zinni, US Special Envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Mar 2002; reaction and response to the suicide bombing of the Park Hotel, Netanya, Israel, Mar 2002, including the question of how to deal with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, and the launch of Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD in Jenin and the UN Security Council resolution to send a fact finding mission to investigate the Operation, Apr 2002; the assassination of Salah Shehadeh, Hamas military leader, Jul 2002; meetings with the Palestinian negotiating team regarding a cease fire (hudna), including the’90-day Plan’ of Mohammed Dahlan, Head of Security, Palestinian National Authority, 1993-2003 to deal with terrorism; the collapse of the cease fire after bombing in Jerusalem, Aug 2003; the decision to assassinate Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Hamas leader, Mar 2004.

38pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/12

[2005]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Joseph (Tomy) Lapid, founder and President of the Shinui Party 1999-2006, and Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister 2003-2006, describing the reception of the ‘road map for peace’ plan by the Israeli government, including discussions over whether to approve the plan, Apr 2003; the Middle East Peace Summit at Aqaba, Jun 2003; the Israeli policy of targeted assassinations, Aug 2003; the impact of the resignation of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), Palestinian Prime Minister 2003, and problems with Abu Ala’a (Ahmed Ali Mohammed Qurei), Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority 2003-2006, Sept 2003; the formulation a unilateral separation plan by Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, Dec 2003. This transcript includes manuscript annotations and corrections. Also transcript of the same filmed interview with minor differences in text and editing.

31 pp and 32pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/13

[2004]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Chief of the General Staff 1995-1998, describing Israeli-Syrian negotiations in Washington, USA, Dec 1999, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, Jan 2000 and Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 2000; events at the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, Maryland, USA, Jul 2000, including disagreements and discussions within the Israeli negotiating team, particularly regarding the division of Jerusalem, official and private meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, the decision by Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel 1999-2001, to leave the negotiations early and his subsequent change of mind; meetings hosted by Jacques Chirac, President of France 1995-2007, at a peace summit in Paris, Oct 2000. Some manuscript annotations.

31pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/14

2005 Jan 31

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Shaul Mofaz, Chief of General Staff, Israeli Defence Force, 1998-2002 and Minister of Defence 2002-2006, describing the assassination of Gen Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli Minister of Tourism, Oct 2001; the capture of a weapons shipment from the Palestinian freighter KARINE A, Jan 2002; the assassination of al-Asqsa Martyrs’ Brigade member Raed Karmi, Jan 2002; negotiations with Gen Anthony Charles Zinni, US Special Envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, 2002; a proposal to exile Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, following the Hamas suicide bombing of the Park Hotel, Netanya, Israel, Mar 2002; the UN Security Council resolution to send a fact finding mission to investigate Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, Jenin, Apr 2002; the Middle East Peace Summit, Aqaba, Jordan, Jun 2003; negotiations with Mohammed Dahlan, Head of Security, Palestinian National Authority 1993-2003, Jul-Aug 2003; Hamas suicide bombing, Jerusalem, Aug 2003; the decision to assassinate Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Hamas leader, Mar 2004. Also additional extracts from a transcript of the same filmed interview, with minor differences in text and editing.

52pp and 17pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/15

[2005]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel 1996-1999, and Foreign Minister 2002-2003, describing his opinion on how the Israeli government should deal with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004 and reduce terrorist attacks; the Israeli government’s reaction to the road map for peace plan, Nov 2002; the effectiveness of the security fence; problems with the new Abu Ala’a (Ahmed Ali Mohammed Qurei), Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority 2003-2006, Sept 2003; the decision to assassinate Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Hamas leader, Mar 2004; the reception by the Israeli government to the disengagement plan from Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, Dec 2003.

21pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/16

2004 Oct 17

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel, 1984-1986 and 1995-1996; Minister for Foreign Affairs, 2001-2002, describing the funeral of King Hassan of Morocco, Jul 1999; meeting between Peres and Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan 2001; the assassination of Gen Rehavam ‘Ghandi’ Zeevi, Israeli Minister of Tourism, Oct 2001; the capture of a weapons shipment from the Palestinian freighter KARINE A, Jan 2002; the assassination of al-Asqsa Martyrs’ Brigade member Raed Karmi, Jan 2002; the Hamas suicide bombing of the Park Hotel, Netanya, Israel, Mar 2002; debate over how the Israeli government should deal with Yasser Arafat; the visit of Gen Colin Powell, US Secretary of State 2001-2005, to Israel, 2002; the UN Security Council resolution to send a fact finding mission to investigate Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, Jenin, Apr 2002; negotiations with the US administration to end the first siege of Arafat’s compound, Ramallah, West Bank, Mar-May 2002; his opinion of Yasser Arafat.

23pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/17

[2003]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with David Sangin, Senior Paediatrician, Hadassah Hospital, and medical reservist, Israeli Defence Force, describing his experiences during Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, the Israeli military action in the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin, Apr 2002.

38pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/18

[2005]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Silvan Shalom, Finance Minister, 2001-2003 and Foreign Minister, 2003-2006, describing the Israeli government’s reaction to the Hamas suicide bombing of the Park Hotel, Netanya, Israel, Mar 2002; the UN Security Council resolution to send a fact finding mission to investigate Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, Jenin, Apr 2002; the second siege of the compound of Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, Sept 2002; the road map for peace plan and the Middle East Peace Summit, Aqaba, Jordan, Jun 2003; the necessity of building the security fence, Jul 2003; the reception by the Israeli government of the disengagement plan from Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, Jun 2004; his relationship with Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak, President of Egypt 1981-2011. Also typescript transcript of the same filmed interview with retranslation of certain passages and manuscript annotations.

20pp and 18pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/19

2005 Sep 19

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, describing his visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Sep 2000; the capture of a weapons shipment from the Palestinian freighter KARINE A, Jan 2002; reaction to the Hamas suicide bombing of the Park Hotel, Netanya, Israel, Mar 2002; the UN Security Council resolution to send a fact finding mission to investigate Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, Jenin, Apr 2002; the second siege of the compound of Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, Ramallah, West Bank, Sep 2002; his justification for the security fence; the road map for peace plan and the formulation of his disengagement plan, particularly regarding refugees, 2003; analysis of his relationship with the US administration and with Yasser Arafat.

26pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/20

[2004]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Gilead Sher, Israeli Chief Negotiator, 1999-2001 and Israeli Chief of Staff, 1999-2001, describing the first meeting between Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel 1999-2001, and Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, at the Erez Crossing, Gaza, Jul 1999; the impact of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, May 2000; meeting with Yasser Arafat to persuade him to attend the Camp David summit, Nablus, Jun 2000; the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, Maryland, USA, Jul 2000, including the American contribution to the summit, discussions within the Israeli negotiating team, particularly regarding the division of Jerusalem, official and private meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, conversations with Ehud Barak; reaction to the visit to the Temple Mount and al-Asqa mosque, Jerusalem, by Ariel Sharon, leader of the Israeli Likud Party 1999-2005, Sep 2000; cease fire negotiations at the residence of the US Ambassador, Paris, France, 4 Oct 2000, particularly the behaviour of Jacques Chirac, President of France 1995-2007 ; the presentation of the Clinton Parameters (the Clinton Plan) by William Jefferson ‘Bill’ Clinton, US President 1993-2001, Dec 2000.

67pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/21

2005 Feb 1

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Col Moshe ‘Chico’ Tamir, Commander, Israeli Defence Force, describing his experiences of action during Operation DEFENSIVE SHIELD, Jenin, Apr-May 2002; the IDF assault on the Tulkarem (Tulkarm) refugee camp, Apr 2002, and the first siege of the Ramallah compound of Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, Mar-May 2002, with analysis of the psychological and moral impact of the operation on the soldiers and civilians involved. 73pp

73pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 2/22

[2005]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Danny (Dani) Yatom, Director of Mossad, 1996-1998 and Security Adviser to Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel 1999-2001, describing the early negotiations of the Barak administration with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1994-2004, including Barak’s meeting with Arafat at the Erez Checkpoint, 11 Jul 1999; Barak’s relationship with William Jefferson ‘Bill’ Clinton, US President 1993-2001, including summit meetings, Washington, USA, 15-19 Jul 1999; attendance of the funeral of King Hassan of Morocco, 24 Jul 1999; Barak’s second meeting with Arafat at the Erez Checkpoint, 27 Jul 1999; negotiations with Syria, Dec 1999-Jan 2000, including peace talks at Washington and Shepherdstown, USA, and Geneva, Switzerland; events at the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David, Maryland, USA, Jul 2000, including disagreements and discussions within the Israeli negotiating team, particularly regarding the division of Jerusalem, official and private meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Ehud Barak’s decision to leave the negotiations early and his subsequent change of mind; Barak’s meeting with Yasser Arafat at Kochav Yair, Israel, 25 Sept 2000; the visit of Ariel Sharon, leader of the rival Likud party 1999-2005, to the Temple Mount and al-Asqa mosque, Jerusalem, Israel, and the subsequent violent demonstrations, 28-29 Sept 2000; cease fire negotiations at the residence of the US Ambassador, Paris, France, 4 Oct 2000, particularly the behaviour of Jacques Chirac, President of France 1995-2007; the lynching of two Israeli reservists in Ramallah and the decision to make retaliatory attacks, Oct 2000.

85pp

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