In this paper, the fourth of his books, the author presents a broad picture of society and the problems on its agenda, the way it takes decisions and the character of decision makers. This is not a situational analysis but an album of photos which, while thumbing through, clearly points to changes in society since the founding of the state, both in terms of pressing issues, pressures the government faces and the factors upon which decisions are based.
Beilin confronts many myths and taboos. He reveals another face of the Elite settlement – a side which the political literature has preferred to ignore; whereas he presents the results of the Six Day War, which Israel has enforced, as the greatest curse facing Israeli society. He describes the relationship between political decision makers and army generals, details the changes in the ultra-Orthodox world and reasons for its growing political influence, and reveals the ways in which various lobbies manage to reach policy makers.
This is not a Memoir, although the author, born in Hebrew year Tashach (1948), scans the story of the state from a personal standpoint. This is not a political or sociological reader, despite the fact that the examination of events is based on these sciences. It is not an ideological book, although the author does not hide his personal views: the need for exploiting political opportunity to hold open negotiations with the Palestinians, a call to dramatically change the structure of the labor movement, opposition to political ties with ostracized countries, etc. This is a special attempt to observe the development of Israel from the viewpoint of a participant who both criticizes and loves.
In the book's introduction interview, the author, initiator of the 1993 "Oslo Accords," talks honestly and without falter about contemplations, intentions, developments, sudden twists, back scene decisive moments and a broad vision about the future of the country.