Deal of the Century? Washington’s ‘Blind Spot’ in Israel-Palestine
Date(s) - 11/11/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Paul Robeson Campus Center Room 237
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Despite the Trump administration’s pledge to deliver the “deal of the century,” the Israeli/Palestinian peace process remains at a standstill. Given the administration’s highly controversial approach to the conflict and the Palestinians’ continued refusal to engage with it, the questions of how and why the U.S.-led peace process got to this point are more relevant than ever. For more than a quarter century, the United States has presented itself as the one power best suited to mediating peace between Israelis and Palestinians. While this may be true in theory, in reality Washington’s ability to serve as an effective peace broker was hampered by a “blind spot” in two critical areas: Israeli power and Palestinian politics. The policies pursued by the Trump administration, such as moving the American embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, are only the most extreme manifestations of this age-old, American blind spot.