Middle East Peace Process

Three-and-a-half months ago, President Barack Obama announced a major push to kick-start the Middle East peace process. Today, the goal seems as far away as ever. We consider what went wrong and how the situation might yet be salvaged.



PART TWO

Middle East Peace Process

On September 1st, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a dramatic push to kick-start the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. And he announced a substantial breakthrough. He said that Israeli and Palestinian leaders were prepared to sit down and begin negotiating directly.

At the time, many peoples' hopes were cautiously renewed. But now, just three-and-a-half months later, the Israeli government has lifted the freeze on the expansion and construction of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. And the Palestinian government is threatening to unilaterally declare an independent Palestinian State.

To help make sense of how the situation has once again ended up at an impasse, we were joined by two people. Mustafa Barghouti is an Independent Palestinian legislator and a former candidate for the Presidency of the Palestinian Authority. He was in Qabatiya in the West Bank. And Einat Wilf is a member of the Israeli Knesset with the Labour Party. She also sits on the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. She was in Tel Aviv.

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