All posts tagged: Bill Clinton

Mapping for Peace – Without a Map

Two views of the same territory: Map on left is one application of the Camp David proposals. It illustrates the point made by Noam Chomsky and by President Jimmy Carter and supported by many Israelis. The areas designated as Palestinian territory would be effectively cut off from one another. Map on right, according to Dennis Ross, reflects the actual proposal intended at Camp David. Clearly, our mental maps make a difference in how we make decisions. Surprising? Not really: maps always frame and shape the way we perceive reality. Their messages have power. Let’s time-travel to Camp David near Washington, D.C. The year is 2000. We look in on negotiations that we hope, as the whole world fervently hopes, will bring peace to the Middle East. – or at least significantly closer to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. One common perception of the outcome is that U.S. President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak have come up with a generous offer, which the Palestinians perversely reject. Noam Chomsky begs to differ: “There is …