Segment #13: The Taba Summit and the Loss of the Elections – 395-407


The final chapter (35) deals with the Taba Summit. Barak is described as reluctant to hold the summit. Drucker maintains that Barak's reluctance contrasted with Dr. Yossi Beilin's will to achieve an actual agreement. It was this ambivalence, he argues, that ultimately made the summit fail, before it even started


[396] "In the summit, Beilin met Stanley Greenberg: "Stanley, I want you to evaluate the public's willingness to give up on Temple Mount" [..]. Greenberg had no intention to do so, he remembered what Barak told him of the Taba Summit. Greenberg asked Barak: "What are the odds that there will be an agreement in Taba"? and Barak replied: "in effect? Zero"

[Different agreements and procedural arrangements achieved by Beilin are described and Barak's refusal to promote them are also emphasized. These ultimately led to the loss of the elections, as Stanley Greenberg predicted; 403]:

"Stanley Greenberg was proud of his May 2001 analysis relating to the elections. In a small footnote he wrote: "As several Jewish organizations were reported to, the gap in favor of Sharon has narrowed to 12 per cent with a growing number of undecided people (16%). We assumed that maybe the left voters have re-visited their agenda towards the end. That was far from true. It seems the findings were no more than a trend, which reminds us not to report partial findings".

[401]: "Three months following the campaign of 2001, Stanley Greenberg wrote an analysis of the elections based on at least 3,600 interviews. "The voters honestly hated the mixture of a campaign, explosions and peace talks. Barak understood the Israeli public, though also knew of his slim window of opportunity he had to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement. He chose to

push forward with peace at the expense of the elections". Greenberg was a bit soft on Barak. Barak enjoyed the thought of himself a leader who chose peace at the expense of his political career. The painful truth is that it was his own mistakes and poor handling of people to people interactions, that forced him to make that choice. The voters not only disliked the mixture Greenberg mentions, they also disliked the lack of credibility emitted by Barak".