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Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East

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An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments

Widely considered the foremost historian of the modern Middle East, Rashid Khalidi here zeroes in on the United States’ role as a purportedly impartial honest broker in thirty-five years of a failed Palestinian-Israeli peace process
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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This book went over the Palestinian/Israeli negotiations that occurred during the Reagan, Bush/Clinton, and Obama presidencies. The analysis of the process was informative, but without prior knowledge of the different peace processes and the background of events at those times, it was hard to engage in the book. As a person in my 20s, I was only politically aware during the final negotiation process covered in the book. The prior knowledge I had made a huge difference in the value I gained from ...more
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Although I had read a few books and articles on the subject, my still feeble understanding became less so after reading this one. Well written book with the author presenting many convincing arguments about how the US has been influential in a political process in which peace remains elusive in the Middle East. There were a few places where I had to put my wading boots on to slog through but for the most part a very informative/int
Yannis Theocharis
There is little that we don't know in this book about the Israel-Palestine topic. Khalidi reveals, like many others before him, how the US has contributed to the imposition of Israel's cruel regime on the Palestinians and how closely entwined have US and Israeli policies been. So closely, in fact, that they should have long now disqualified the US from playing any intermediary role in this farcical "peace process". There is some new information from declassified documents that is interesting and ...more
Jean Kelly
Very difficult book to read as the author makes a case for US seeing Middle East through Cold War eyes and not being an 'honest broker' in the Middle East process. He does also blame other Arab states from not helping make the Palestinian case but one can feel the despair and rage about the conversation about US.
The title says it all. Instead of being honest, non-biased mediators, the US has been in effect, "Israel's lawyer" (words are Henry Kissinger's), ensuring that the endless futile negotiations, falsely described as a "peace process" go on and on without result and without end.
A very interesting and well written book.
I really enjoyed reading it.
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Rashid Khalidi is the author of seven books about the Middle East, including Palestinian Identity, Brokers of Deceit, Resurrecting Empire, The Iron Cage, and Sowing Crisis. His writing on Middle Eastern history and politics has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and many journals. For his work on the Middle East, Professor Khalidi has received fellows ...more
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