A Veteran of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations on the Current Israel-Hamas War
We begin with the war continuing to rage between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the communal violence in Israel itself and speak with a veteran diplomat with unique experience in trying to bring about a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. Ambassador Martin Indyk, a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel and as the U.S. Special Envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014, joins us to discuss his article at Foreign Affairs, “The U.S. Can Neither Ignore nor Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Washington Must Actively Manage a Dispute it Can’t End.” We assess whether Prime Minister Netanyahu was negligent in allowing the violence at the Al Aqsa mosque to get out of hand or as some suggest, was cynical in creating conditions to prevent a coalition government between Naftali Bennett and an Arab-Israeli party from forming. We also address the need to deal with the violent mobs of Jewish and Arab vigilantes running amok and how Israeli Arab communities need the government to provide services and protection for citizens who are preyed upon by criminal gangs.
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