The U.S. and the Middle East
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Discusses the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians which has been continuous from early Biblical times. Examines the way the focus of the conflict has changed since the 1967 war and how that war has influenced United States foreign policy.
One year into the mass Palestinian uprising known as the First Intifada, host Peter Krogh travels to the Middle East to meet with Israelis and Palestinians to discuss their views on the Arab-Israeli peace process. During the uprising a new generation of Palestinians took to the streets, a generation less fearful of Israelis and more activist than their predecessors, sparking new peace initiatives in the region. At the time, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) provided the only legitimate political leadership and representation for the Palestinians, however contradictory voices from within the PLO complicated peace talks. Facing mounting pressure from the American government to reduce bloodshed and find a peaceful resolution, the Israelis also sought new means of reaching a settlement, but refused to negotiate with the PLO, which continued to state the destruction of Israel as the organization’s primary goal. This episode examines the opinions of average citizens, academics, and policy makers from both sides of the conflict, and also addresses the role of the United States in achieving a settlement agreeable to Israelis and Palestinians alike. The conditions of Palestinians living in Gaza and the treatment of Arabs living in Israel are also discussed.
United States -- Foreign relations; United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East; Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States; Arab-Israeli conflict; Israel-Arab War, 1967; Jewish-Arab relations; Conflict Resolution; International Diplomacy; Arab-Israeli Conflict; United States Foreign Policy; Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO); First Intifada;
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Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic) (Georgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association, 1995)Examines prospects for peace in the Middle East following the successes of the Oslo Accords and the Israel-Jordan peace treaty.