Bill Clinton: Arafat Peace Talks at Camp David





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Uploaded on Sep 13, 2009

The Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David of July 2000 took place between United States President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. It was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to negotiate a "final status settlement" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ehud Barak offered Arafat an eventual 91% of the West Bank, and all of the Gaza Strip, with Palestinian control over Eastern Jerusalem as the capital of the new Palestinian state; in addition, all refugees could apply for compensation of property from an international fund to which Israel would contribute along with other countries. However, Arafat rejected the offer flat out.

The failure to come to an agreement was widely attributed to Yasser Arafat, as he walked away from the table without making a concrete counter-offer and because Arafat did little to quell the series of Palestinian riots that began shortly after the summit (the second intifada, also known as al-Aqsa Intifada).

Clinton blamed Arafat after the failure of the talks, stating, "I regret that in 2000 Arafat missed the opportunity to bring that nation into being and pray for the day when the dreams of the Palestinian people for a state and a better life will be realized in a just and lasting peace."

In "My Life" written by president Clinton, he wrote that Arafat once complimented Clinton by telling him, "You are a great man." Clinton responded;

"I am not a great man. I am a failure, and you made me one."

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Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in Israel



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