By Rashid Khalidi
Winner of the 2014 Lionel Trilling ebook Award
An exam of the failure of the U.S. as a dealer within the Palestinian-Israeli peace approach, via 3 key old moments
For greater than seven a long time the clash among Israel and the Palestinian humans has raged on ad infinitum, and for a lot of that point, the us has been concerned as a mediator within the clash. during this book, acclaimed historian Rashid Khalidi zeroes in at the United States’s position because the purported neutral dealer during this failed peace method.
Khalidi heavily analyzes 3 ancient moments that light up how the United States’ involvement has, in truth, thwarted growth towards peace among Israel and Palestine. the 1st second he investigates is the “Reagan Plan” of 1982, whilst Israeli major minister Menachem start refused to just accept the Reagan administration’s concept to reframe the Camp David Accords extra impartially. the second one second covers the interval after the Madrid Peace convention, from 1991 to 1993, in which negotiations among Israel and Palestine have been brokered by way of the us until eventually the signing of the secretly negotiated Oslo accords. eventually, Khalidi takes on President Barack Obama’s retreat from plans to insist on halting the settlements within the West Bank.
via in-depth examine into and prepared research of those 3 moments, in addition to his personal firsthand event as an consultant to the Palestinian delegation on the 1991 pre–Oslo negotiations in Washington, DC, Khalidi unearths how the us and Israel have actively colluded to avoid a Palestinian kingdom and get to the bottom of the placement in Israel’s prefer. Brokers of Deceit bares the reality approximately why peace within the center East has been most unlikely to accomplish: for many years, US policymakers have masqueraded as impartial brokers operating to carry the 2 facets jointly, whilst, in truth, they've been the brokers of continuous injustice, successfully fighting the tough yet crucial steps had to in achieving peace within the quarter.
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