Marking the 30th anniversary of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thirty years ago today Egypt and Israel brokered a historic peace treaty, ending three decades of war. When Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shook hands with Egypt’s president Anwar el-Sadat on the White House lawn, it marked a new era for the Middle East. But has the peace deal fallen short of its initial expectations? Joining us to mark this moment, and to assess Middle-East peace in the 21st century is Martin Indyk. He’s the former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs during the Clinton administration. He’s currently the director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He has a new book out; it’s called Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East.

Here's clip that looks back on the historic peace accords. This movie is part of an exhibition that is taking place in the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.


Martin Indyk

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I've just listened to this because I missed it in the morning and I'm very very disappointed. In order to honor this historical day, you bring an impartial pro-Israeli ex-leader who cannot even come close to providing an adequate and fair view of the situation.

Hamas and Hezbollah, although they may continue to be armed, have both proven themselves as political parties and many in Lebanon can argue that Hezbollah has primarily become a political force rather than a militant organization since the year 2000.

I have many complaints, but I'm surprised that you said Hope at the end. Hope for who? Certainly not for the palestinians when the Israelis have managed to budge oh-so-slightly over the past 60 years. Maybe another 120 will give them a more moderate view.

Mar. 26 2009 05:26 PM

Re: your interview with Martin Indyk

I hope that for the sake of balance and fairness that you will interview someone who is not a reflexive cheerleader of the Israeli gov't.

Mr Indyk says Israeli's "problem" is that it is fighting an "assymetric battle" with Iranian funded Hamas.

That seems like a massive understatement. Israel's problem is that it has been taken over by religious extremists and militarists who use each other to maintain power. This allows them to justify the use of white phosphorus shells and the intentional targeting of civilians as revealed by recent testimony by Israeli Army soldiers who said they were encouraged to believe they were fighting a Holy War.

I am no apologist for Hamas and do not seek to justify their strategy or tactics --but if Hamas ever fired white phosphorus on Israel they would be labeled terrorists. Why is there such dismissal or acceptance by the American media of the increasingly extreme tactics taken by Israel?

Mar. 26 2009 11:09 AM

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