This essay, based on the author’s talk presenting a recent book, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, examines the dynamics of U.S. policy formation on Palestine, mainly through the lens of three “clarifying moments” in the history of U.S. involvement in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The first of these moments concerns efforts to revive and modify the Palestinian autonomy provisions of the 1978 Camp David Accords as an element of the 1982 Reagan Plan. The second examines Israeli-U.S. connivance during 1991–93 Madrid/Washington Palestinian-Israeli negotiations as revealed in confidential documents, and the third focuses on President Barack Obama’s retreat during the second half of his first term from positions staked out earlier. More generally, the essay looks at the underpinnings and continuity of U.S. policy and how it has evolved.
The United States and the Palestinians, 1977–2012: Three Key Moments
Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and the editor of this journal. This essay is based on a talk given in April and May of 2013 presenting his book Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.
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Rashid Khalidi; The United States and the Palestinians, 1977–2012: Three Key Moments. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 August 2013; 42 (4): 61–72. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.61
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