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ISRAEL AND THE ARABS: ELUSIVE PEACE, Television Documentary Archive

ELUSIVE PEACE: 5/1-5: Interview transcripts, UK and Jordan, [2003]-2006


ELUSIVE PEACE: 5/1

2006 Nov 26

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Sir Sherard (Louis) Cowper-Coles, British Ambassador to Israel, 2001-2003, describing the visit of Tony Blair, UK Prime Minister 1997-2007, to Jerusalem, 2001; reaction to Blair’s offer of neutral observers and monitors to Israel, 2002; visit of team including Andrew Coyle, former member of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, to negotiate transfer of Palestinian prisoners from the siege of the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem to Cyprus, April 2002; the difficulty of remaining in contact with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority 1993-2004, after the USA and Israel ceased official communication, June 2002, and the visit of Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, to the UK, July 2003.

37pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 5/2

[2003]

Typescript transcript of rolls 150-152 of a filmed interview with Alastair Crooke, former British Security Adviser to the European Union High Representative and Head of Foreign and Security Policy, describing the Nabka Day demonstrations, Gaza, May 2000; Palestinian security measures put in place for the visit of Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, to the Temple Mount, surprise at the outbreak of violence during the visit, the evidence presented the Mitchell Committee regarding the incident and the organisation of the subsequent intifada, Sept 2000; visits to prisoners with aim of assuring the Israeli government that the Palestinian authorities were fulfilling their commitment to arrest certain individuals, including Raid Karmi, leading member of Al-Aqsa Brigade, Sept 2001; participation in negotiations to end the siege of the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, and accompanying exiled Palestinians from the siege to Cyprus, Apr-May 2002; negotiations with Fatah and Tanzeem, 2002.

59pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 5/3

2004 Nov 15

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Michael Abraham Levy, Baron of Mill Hill, British Prime Minister’s personal envoy to the Middle East, 1999-2007, describing his visit to Damascus, Syria, to encourage the resumption of negotiations between Israel and Syria, 1999, and the Palestinian decision to appoint a Prime Minister for the Palestinian Authority, Jan 2003.

17pp


ELUSIVE PEACE: 5/4

2004 12 Dec

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Marwan al-Muasher, Jordanian Foreign Minister 2002-2004, describing the Arab League summit, Beirut, Mar 2002; meetings with the Palestinian government to persuade them to take more action, Jun 2002; meetings between King Abdullah II of Jordan, George W Bush, US President 2001-2009, and Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Adviser 2001-2005, regarding the creation of the road map for peace plan, problems with drafts of the road map, and reactions to the road map, 2002; Arab reaction to ‘The Disengagement Plan’, issued by Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel 2001-2006, Apr 2004, and the cancellation of a trip to the United States by King Abdullah II of Jordan, Apr 2004


ELUSIVE PEACE 5/5

[2004]

Typescript transcript of a filmed interview with Shams Badran, Egyptian Minister of Defence, 1966-1967.
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