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The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: At A Turning Point

Jun 10, 2019

The West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit is seen in the background, while a protestor waves a Palestinian flag in front of Israeli troops, during a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin. 2012 file photo.
Credit (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Today on Midday, an update on what’s going on in Israeli politics, and the status of the stalled Middle East peace process. 

For analysis and context, Tom is joined today by four guests with decades of experience with the protracted pursuit of an Israeli-Palestinian accord, and a deep appreciation for the complexity of this seemingly intractable conflict. 

We begin with Natan Sachs, the Director and a Fellow of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.  He joins us on the line from the Brookings radio studio in Washington, DC.   

Then, we turn to Martin Indyk, the former US Ambassador to Israel in the Clinton Administration, and a special U.S. Envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from 2013-2014, for the Obama Administration.  He’s now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  He joins us from his home in New York City.

Dr. Shibley Telhami joins us as well.  He’s the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland.  He has also served as a senior advisor to the U.S. State Department, an advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and he’s a non-resident scholar at the Brookings Institution.  He joins us from the Brookings' radio studio.

And in the final segment,  we're joined in the studio by Dr. Jerome Segal, a former research scholar at the Center for International Security Studies at the University of Maryland, and an activist for Middle East peace since the 1980s. Segal is the president of The Jewish Peace Lobby, a non-profit group he founded in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1989.