The Oslo War – La Guerre d’Oslo, by Joel Fishman and Efraim Karsh, Editions de Passy, 257 pp. (French)
March 30, 2006 | Nelly Sayagh
In La Guerre d'Oslo (The Oslo War), Joel Fishman and Efraim Karsh have written an indispensable book. On first impression its title sounds provocative, but to the extent that the authors reveal the reality of the "Oslo process," it is accurate. Far from arbitrarily presenting a theory, Fishman and Karsh, both researchers and historians, explain and prove their interpretations by using hard evidence, and reach important conclusions. They have shown that for the cynical Palestinian leadership, what diplomats and most of Western public opinion wishfully described as the "peace process" represented nothing more than an opportunity to wage war within the framework of "protracted conflict." This leadership has followed a previously articulated strategy and implemented it over the past four decades with determination and coherence, despite, or rather because of, the appearance they projected.