Based upon the author's own experiences this study explores the Israeli government's attitude to the West Bank and Gaza over a period of 30 years. The "fools" in the book's title refers not only to the Arabs who rejected Israeli peace offers but to the Israelis themselves.
'A fair, comprehensively sourced account of how and why things have gone so badly wrong in the territories since those heady days of June 1967.' - The Jewish Chronicle
Part l: Background 1. First Contact with the Territories2. Shaping Israeli Policy in the Territories3. Organizing the Military AdministrationPart 2: The Ministers of Defense and their Policies: A Historic Chronology 4. Introduction 5. Moshe Dayan6. Shimon Peres7. Ezer Weizman8. Menachem Begin9. Ariel Sharon10. Moshe Arens11.Yitzhak RabinPart 3: The Issues 12. The Political Future of the Territories13. Israel's Administrative Policy14. Municipal Elections in 1972 and 197615. Attempts to Establish Palestinian Self-Rule in the Territories16. The Evolution of Israel's Settlement PolicyPart 4: Lessons Learnt from the Intifada 17. A New Reality18. Israel's Policy in the Territories - A SummaryEpilogueAppendices Appendix A. The Administered Territories: General Data, 1967Appendix B. Firing Instructions in Case of Riots in Military Government Areas (10 September 1984)Appendix C. The Israeli Peace Initiative (14 May 1989)