Brokers of Deceit

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Introduction Over twenty years ago, Israeli’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat, unveiled the Oslo Peace Process under the watchful eye of US President Bill Clinton. The Oslo Peace Process was said allow for a final end to the conflict which was passed from one generation to the next. Two decades later, Israeli and Palestine are no closer to reaching a state of non-violence, tolerating countless more to be added to the death toll. Throughout his book Brokers of Deceit, Khalidi makes evident that American diplomatic efforts to end the conflict, have not helped. In fact, he states that the United States’ “efforts in the Middle East have, if anything, made achieving peace between Palestinians and Israelis even more difficult” (Khalidi 2013, xiv). Indeed, in excess of thirty-five years of attempts to produce peace, has ironically made it harder to attain. In the midst of the many reasons for this, are the numerous red lines imposed upon Palestine by their source of humiliation, and oppression, Israel. With right-wing governments dominating Israel’s history, their commitment to denying Palestinian self-determination, and their continued expansion of Jewish settlement of Palestinian land, it is no wonder why resentment is so prevalent in the territorial region between the Mediterranean and the Jordan. Khalidi demonstrates the impediment of the American policy to the peace process, through a few ways, one of which was by focusing on the inflammatory language surrounding the conflict; in other words, he looked at the constantly tainted narrative articulated by US officials which favoured the Israeli side over the other. During the course of his book, Khalidi also recognizes “three momen... ... middle of paper ... ...ng to Dr. Little from Clark University, looking through the frame painted by Brokers of Deceit “to achieve self-determination, Palestinians must seize control of their own destiny and practice self-reliance, rejecting Fatah’s gerontocracy in favor of younger leaders and ignoring the siren song intoned by peace processors like Daniel Kurtzer and Aaron Miller” (Little 2013). In his addition to the Middle East Journal, he concludes with a striking statement, “Will Palestinians channel their inner Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Khalidi recommends? Or will they channel their inner Reinhold Niebuhr, whose therapeutic “serenity prayer” sounds an awful lot like Kurtzer’s pathway to peace? […Given the predicament] today, most Palestinians will likely put their money on Emerson, while most Israelis remain eager for the children of Isma‘il to embrace Niebuhr” (Little 2013).
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