Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to by Khaled Elgindy PDF

By Khaled Elgindy

A old standpoint at the arm’s size dating among the USA and the “Palestinian question”

The U.S. executive and Palestinian leaders have had a few type of direct touch for almost 4 decades—and cooperation on financial, political, and defense concerns for the previous two-plus decades—but that have hasn't ever resulted in a real bilateral dating. Blind Spot: the USA and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Obama explains why the 2 facets have an autonomous courting and what this suggests for American efforts to dealer peace among Palestinians and Israelis, and broader U.S. pursuits within the region.

While successive U.S. administrations have famous the centrality of the “Palestinian question,” American policymakers proceed to regard the Palestinians as an “agenda merchandise” within the U.S.-Israel courting or the peace technique (and sometimes different neighborhood priorities). Elgindy argues that the us maintains to view the Palestinians and their political aspirations mostly in the course of the prism of its “special dating” with Israel, in addition to different local events. certainly, even professional U.S. aid for Palestinian statehood stems no longer from a trust that Palestinians, like every peoples, have an inherent correct to self-determination, yet from an overriding problem for holding Israel’s personality as either a Jewish and democratic kingdom. for his or her half, Palestinian leaders have regularly misjudged U.S. international coverage pursuits whereas undervaluing the position of family politics in shaping U.S. rules towards the quarter. either Yasir Arafat and his successor Mahmoud Abbas, need to one measure or one other pursued innovations in keeping with the improper expectation that Washington may "deliver" Israel, particularly by way of utilising adequate strain to compel it finally to finish its career of the West financial institution and Gaza Strip and make allowance the institution of an self reliant Palestinian state.

Unless and till U.S. policymakers are ready to help Palestinian political aspirations for his or her personal sake and all alone phrases, there's little wish that the U.S. can effectively dealer a permanent peace contract. Likewise, in basic terms while Palestinian leaders are ready to workout self-determination over their very own family politics will they manage to reach it for his or her people.

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