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Today we unpackage the US role in the so-called Israeli-Palestinian "peace" talks, and we reveal what happened in their latest round. We share with listeners Building Bridges Radio's very special January interview with Dr. Rashid Khalidi, author of "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" (Beacon Press, 2013). This book won the 2014 Lionel Trilling Book Award.
Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York City. He is author of six books about the Middle East.
Khalidi draws on his own experience as a Palestinian negotiator and combines history, common sense, and his first hand understanding of Arab-Israeli peace talks, as brokered by Washington, to unpackage the latest endeavor and discussing the difficult but essential steps needed to achieve peace in the region. As he explains, the U.S. is functioning as Israel's lawyer, not an "honest broker" by any stretch of imagination.
Quoting its publishers: "Brokers of Deceit bares the truth about why peace in the Middle East has been impossible to achieve: for decades, US policymakers have masqueraded as unbiased agents working to bring the two sides together, when, in fact, they have been the agents of continuing injustice, effectively preventing the difficult but essential steps needed to achieve peace in the region."
For Khalidi's bio: history.columbia.edu/faculty/Khalidi.html
For his most poisonous attackers: jewishpolicycenter.org/457/rashid-khalidi-campus-watch-middle-east-studies
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