Segment #8: 'Going to Camp David', Back to the Palestinian Question – 179-206


Following the failure on the Syrian channel, as well as in handling various domestic challenges, Barak goes to Camp David. In dealing with Camp David, the author tries to prove that the Israeli delegation was ill-prepared both in content (mainly the question of Jerusalem) and in terms the personal make-up of the delegation; the whole 'David Levy' affair is addressed here, as well as in terms of logistics and structure.

Barak is described as one who tried to closely evaluate the team going to Camp David based on the member's potential contribution to passing the agreement in a referendum. Assessing this potential was once more the job of the pollsters.


"On July 16th, the sixth day of the summit, Greenberg assesses the public opinion of the personal composition of the Israeli delegation. Fifty-one percent of the population reckoned that it is very important that David Levy will be in Camp David, while 46 percent thought that it was not important. Sixty percent believed that it was very important that Dan Meridor was in the summit

(versus 35%). Most of the public also thought that Yossi Sarid's presence at Camp David wasn't important".

[Drucker claims that this poll reaffirmed to Barak that he had made the right choices in deciding who would come to Camp David; After riots of the 'Naqba Day' (15.05.2000, the Israeli independence day, commemorated as a 'day of disaster' for the Palestinians; J.A) in the PA, following Barak's 'political battle' to transfer security authority to the PA in three villages of East Jerusalem, Drucker mentions Greenberg's straightforward approach]:

"Stanley Greenberg was as sharp as always. In a paper entitled "Meltdown", passed to Barak through Gerstein, Greenberg elaborates on the eroding public support: "This week is the worst since the process with the Palestinians and the beginning of Barak's term. The support for an agreement with the Palestinian has declined sharply. The support for Barak and his government hits rock bottom. It's difficult to see how, given the current policies and decision-making, the government will be able to keep on functioning".