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Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East Hardcover – 10 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (10 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080704475X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807044759
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Praise for "Brokers of Deceit"
"What has happened to the Palestinian people since 1948 is one of the great crimes of modern history. Of course, Israel bears primary responsibility for this tragedy. However, as Rashid Khalidi shows in his smart new book, American presidents from Truman to Obama have sided with Israel at almost every turn and helped it inflict immense pain and humiliation on the Palestinians. At the same time, they have employed high-sounding but dishonest rhetoric to cover up Israel's brutal behavior. As "Brokers of Deceit" makes clear, the United States richly deserves to be called "Israel's lawyer."
--John J. Mearsheimer, coauthor of "The Israel Lobby
"
"Drawing on his own experience as a Palestinian negotiator and recently released documents, Rashid Khalidi mounts a frontal attack on the myths and misconceptions that have come to surround America's role in the so-called "peace process" which is all process and no peace. The title is not too strong: the book demonstrates conclusively that far from serving as an honest broker, the US continues to act as Israel's lawyer - with dire consequences for its own interests, for the Palestinians, and for the entire region. Professor Khalidi deserves much credit for his superb exposition of the fatal gap between the rhetoric and reality of American diplomacy on this critically important issue."
--Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford and author of"The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World."
"Khalidi has combined history, common sense and his first-hand understanding of arab-israeli peace talks, as brokered by Washington, to make the case that American national security interests would be best served by a just peace in the Middle East. Instead, he writes with great sadness, Washington's efforts to be an honest broker fall "somewhere between high irony and farce" --and puts democratic America, with its avowed commitment to freedom for all, in the position of enabling the continued subjugation of the Palestine people. This is an important book."
--Seymour M. Hersh, "The""New Yorker
"
"For those of us who believe that a two-state solution is the path to justice and peace for Israel and Palestine, Rashid Khalidi's trenchant analysis is powerful and disturbing. The United States has failed repeatedly to be an honest broker, accepting the status quo of Israeli occupation and settlements when a true peace agreement would be deeply in the interest of all parties, Israel, Palestine, and the US itself. Khalidi emphasizes that the deceptions of language and deed have serious long-term costs and that the United States might soon impose and incur still greater costs through ill-conceived policies vis-a-vis Syria, Iran, and other countries in the Middle East."
--Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of "The End of Poverty"

Praise for Rashid Khalidi
"Rashid Khalidi is arguably the foremost U.S. historian of the modern Middle East."--Warren I. Cohen, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"In a refreshing contrast to the yammering bazaar of complaint and allegation that has dominated American public discussion of the Middle East since Sept. 11, 2001, "The Iron Cage" is a patient and eloquent work, ranging over the whole of modern Palestinian history from World War I to the death of Yasser Arafat. Reorienting the Palestinian narrative around the attitudes and tactics of the Palestinians themselves, Khalidi lends a remarkable illumination to a story so wearily familiar it is often hard to believe anything new can be found within."--Jonathan Shainin, "Salon"
"Unlike most so-called Middle East experts, Khalidi actually knows a great deal about that region"--Professor John J. Mearsheimer, author of "The Israel Lobby"
" "
"With a deep knowledge of the Middle East and a felicitous literary style, Khalidi . . . examines the history of U.S. involvement in the area against the backdrop of European colonialism."--Ronald Steel, "The Nation"
"Rashid Khalidi's extraordinary book ["Resurrecting Empire"] is enormously relevant for our times, especially in light of America's growing involvement in the Middle East."--Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize
"Khalidi's role is as a historian, working to show how historical forces, largely ignored in the U.S., have shaped the modern Middle East. He takes particular delight in demolishing the various cliches used to describe the Middle East, bred out of what he terms 'America's historical amnesia.'"--Chris Hedges, "New York Times"

Praise for "Brokers of Deceit"
"What has happened to the Palestinian people since 1948 is one of the great crimes of modern history. Of course, Israel bears primary responsibility for this tragedy. However, asRashid Khalidi shows in his smart new book, American presidents from Truman to Obama have sided with Israel at almost every turn and helped it inflict immense pain and humiliation on the Palestinians. At the same time, they have employedhigh-sounding but dishonest rhetoric to cover upIsrael's brutal behavior. As "Brokers of Deceit"makes clear, the United States richly deserves to be called "Israel's lawyer."
John J. Mearsheimer, coauthor of "The Israel Lobby
"
Drawing on his own experience as a Palestinian negotiator and recently released documents, Rashid Khalidi mounts a frontal attack on the myths and misconceptions that have come to surround America s role in the so-called peace process which is all process and no peace. The title is not too strong: the book demonstrates conclusively that far from serving as an honest broker, the US continues to act as Israel s lawyer with dire consequences for its own interests, for the Palestinians, and for the entire region. Professor Khalidi deserves much credit for his superb exposition of the fatal gap between the rhetoric and reality of American diplomacy on this critically important issue.
Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford and author of"The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World."
"Khalidi has combined history, common sense and his first-hand understanding of arab-israeli peace talks, as brokered by Washington, to make the case that American national security interests would be best served by a just peace in the Middle East. Instead, he writes with great sadness, Washington's efforts to be an honest broker fall "somewhere between high irony and farce" and puts democratic America, with its avowed commitment to freedom for all, in the position of enabling the continued subjugation of the Palestine people. This is an important book."
Seymour M. Hersh, "The" "New Yorker
"
For those of us who believe that a two-state solution is the pathto justice and peace for Israel and Palestine, Rashid Khalidi s trenchant analysis is powerful and disturbing.The United States has failed repeatedly to be an honest broker, accepting the status quo of Israeli occupation and settlements when a true peace agreement would be deeply in the interest of all parties, Israel, Palestine, and the US itself. Khalidi emphasizes that the deceptions of language and deed have serious long-term costs and that the United States might soon impose and incur still greater costs through ill-conceived policies vis-a-vis Syria, Iran, and other countries in the Middle East.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of "The End of Poverty"

Praise for Rashid Khalidi
Rashid Khalidi is arguably the foremost U.S. historian of the modern Middle East. Warren I. Cohen, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
In a refreshing contrast to the yammering bazaar of complaint and allegation that has dominated American public discussion of the Middle East since Sept. 11, 2001, "The Iron Cage" is a patient and eloquent work, ranging over the whole of modern Palestinian history from World War I to the death of Yasser Arafat. Reorienting the Palestinian narrative around the attitudes and tactics of the Palestinians themselves, Khalidi lends a remarkable illumination to a story so wearily familiar it is often hard to believe anything new can be found within. Jonathan Shainin, "Salon"
Unlike most so-called Middle East experts, Khalidi actually knows a great deal about that region Professor John J. Mearsheimer, author of "The Israel Lobby"
""
With a deep knowledge of the Middle East and a felicitous literary style, Khalidi ... examines the history of U.S. involvement in the area against the backdrop of European colonialism. Ronald Steel, "The Nation"
Rashid Khalidi s extraordinary book ["Resurrecting Empire"] is enormously relevant for our times, especially in light of America s growing involvement in the Middle East. Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize
Khalidi s role is as a historian, working to show how historical forces, largely ignored in the U.S., have shaped the modern Middle East. He takes particular delight in demolishing the various cliches used to describe the Middle East, bred out of what he terms America s historical amnesia. Chris Hedges, "New York Times"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rashid Khalidi is the author of seven books about the Middle East, including "Palestinian Identity," " Brokers of Deceit, Resurrecting Empire," "The Iron Cage," and "Sowing Crisis. "His writing on Middle Eastern history and politics has appeared in the "New York Times," "Boston Globe," " Los Angeles Times," "Chicago Tribune," and many journals. For his work on the Middle East, Professor Khalidi has received fellowships and grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. He is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studiesat Columbia University in New York and is editor of the "Journal of Palestine Studies."

"From the Hardcover edition."" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is an important contribution to the literature on Israel-Palestine. As Khalidi says towards the end of the book, there are many volumes that deal with the cruel regime imposed on the Palestinians by Israel. This book does something different however: it spells out the American role in the imposition of that regime. And it does so by exposing the lies, propaganda and half-truths that are served up by America, not for Israel's consumption - because Israel knows and is not ashamed of the truth of its colonialist enterprise - but for the consumption of the American public. What these evasions hide from the American public, which is anyway little interested in Palestinian rights, is just how dishonest a broker America has been in its role as Middle East mediator.

Khalidi takes three moments in Israel-Palestine negotiations as pivotal episodes for his narrative of American duplicity. The first moment he investigates is the "Reagan Plan" of 1982, at a time when Cold War priorities shaped US thinking. The second moment covers the period from 1991 to 1993 after the Madrid Peace Conference, culminating in the signing of the secretly negotiated Oslo accords. The events of these two episodes are well documented elsewhere, including in Hanan Ashrawi's autobiographical account, but the third, that of Barack Obama's back-pedalling over demands to end settlement-building in the West Bank is new and nicely rounds off Khalidi's account. He is well placed to enlighten us on the frustration of Obama's hopes, as he was a colleague of Obama's at Chicago University, and a family friend. Indeed, as Khalidi is of Palestinian descent, this friendship was dragged up by the gutter press in its attacks on Obama as he ran for President.
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Excellent serive and condition, not read yet but have had a quick look - seems well written and can't wait to read it!
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