Is there Hope for Middle East Peace in Obama's Second Term?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

This week, for the first time in Barack Obama's presidency, Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. As the president greeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, he assured his Israeli audience, as many American leaders have before him:

"Just as we have for these past 65 years," President Obama said, "the United States is proud to stand with you as your strongest ally, and your greatest friend."

The president will continue his visit to the region with a stop in Ramallah today to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. 

In President Obama’s first term, amidst the Arab Spring and nuclear threats from Iran, the Arab-Israeli peace process seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Rashid Khalidi, professor of Middle East history at Columbia University and author of, most recently, "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East," examines the prospects for Middle East peace in Obama's second term.


Rashid Khalidi

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [6]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I have had to deal with Israeli landlords in New York: there is no negotiation if they have the upper hand, and I am Jewish, lived in Israel,and could speak Hebrew to them.
I believe the State of Israel should exist, but I can't see any reason for the politics of the treatment towards Palestinians to change at this point in time.

Mar. 21 2013 01:14 PM

It is ironic that this segment was followed by one about blind spots. We know why Rashid Khalidi tells a one-sided fiction that omits the Palestinian violence and lack of compliance with peace treaties: he is a life-long, professional political and professorial operative for the PLO. But John Hockenberry is a reporter, so why his blind spot?

Mar. 21 2013 12:41 PM
Charlie B from Lexington MA

The credulousness of the host as he interviewed this infamous ideologue was astounding. Rashid Khalidi is entitled to his opinion, though it's sad that generations of Columbia undergrads' minds are poisoned by the anti-Israel cabal that comprises the university's Middle East faculty. What's unforgivable is for his soft-spoken hate speech to be implicitly endorsed by WNYC.

Mar. 21 2013 11:46 AM
savti7 from Boynton Beach, FL

How many canards can you put on the head of a pin? Rashid Khalid has more air time on this station than the President of the USA. Khalid states Israeli's are deceitful (see the title), in control of the American congress (all powerful), oppressive, and keeping the Palestinian people as prisoners. Who has really kept them imprisoned in squalid refugee camps for 65 years, stolen the billions in aid sent by the European nations, denies employment and professes the most racist policies since Hilter? Why it is the Palestinian leadership and the member of the surrounding Arab state, complicit with the United Nations, of course. Pre 67 borders would place Palestinians squarely in Jordan, a country that has already exiled many. Let's hear some balance on WNYC! Let's hear from the Palestinians currently employed in Israel at companies such as Soda Stream or from the men, women and children strolling, shopping and playing in Israeli malls and parks. Palestinian are deceived and imprisoned by their leadership. Nothing has changed for 65 years when they were encouraged by their leaders to abandon their homes become refugees!

Mar. 21 2013 10:29 AM
Warren Hecht from New York City

The only thing that I "takeaway" from this segment is the one sided view that was presented. The interviewer should have at least pretended that he was neutral instead of asking softball questions and making statements in a manner where it was clear what position he believes. In addition, there should have been time for an opposing position to be presented.

Mar. 21 2013 09:25 AM
Nathaniel Warshay from Detroit

It's interesting that the only side holding back peace is the Israelis, according to your guest. And the settlements ONLY are deliberate violation of everything good about humanity.


Every Israeli leader has called for a two-state solution. It was offered several times, the last leading to the 2000 "Oslo" intifada.

Rashid Khaladid really represents the PLO side well, but should not have been left unchallenged by the show. Shame on you for your lack of even pretend objectivity.

Mar. 21 2013 09:14 AM

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