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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 proces
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Israeli / Palestinian conflict is always in the newspapers and the US always supports Israel. I figured it couldn't be this black and white. After reading "Lawrence in Arabia" I wanted to read more about the Balfour Declaration and the origins of Israel. After some research, I turned to Rashid Khalidi for another point of view and how different it is. Khalidi is a Palestinian-Lebanese American historian of the Middle East, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia Universi ...more
Yannis Theocharis
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
S. E.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poli, hist
First things first: the Middle East (ME) is a complicated place. Regardless of the root causes of the complicated set of relations and powerplays, there is an undeniable, concrete fact on the ground: a people is oppressed on a daily basis by another with constant practices including phosphore bombing, humiliation, deprivation and the like.

Secondly, Khalidi is a professor with a broad knowledge on the ME, its history and peoples, an apt stylist of the English language, and one that I am proud to
Cheryl D
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
* Disclosure-This was a book won through the Goodreads Giveaway*

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
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, owned
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
Rachel Remer
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall Khalidi proved his point well throughout the book that the U.S. has been biased in its position as an "honest broker" between Israel and Palestine and has therefore been an impediment to peace instead of a help. I had some issues with points in his argument and limiting the scope of such a complex issue necessitates leaving a great deal out. However his thesis was clear and he argued it well. I particularly think his conclusion was well articulated and his thoughts on how peace could and ...more
Olivia Raiche-tanner
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Of the books we read in Arab Israeli conflict, this one was by far the most fair and the most honest. Khalidi, unlike many writers, doesn't try to pretend that he is unbiased. Instead, he makes it clear to the reader how involved he has been and what his beliefs are, without attacking the opponents on anything except policy.
Jean Kelly
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The analysis and education this book provides should be (but isn't likely to ever become) required reading for anyone with an interest in global politics, particularly for those in the United States and Israel.
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Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A very interesting and well written book.
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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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