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Cross-posted from Wallwritings

Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, Winner of the 2014 Lionel Trilling Book Award
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In John Ford's film, The Searchers, Ethan (John Wayne) is talking with his bother Aaron. Ethan has been away from the family for several years.

AARON: How's California?

ETHAN: How should I know?

AARON: But Mose Harper said...

ETHAN: That old goat still creakin'
around?...Whyn't someone bury him?

It is time for President Barack Obama to be the leader who steps forward and finds a presidential way to "bury the old goat."

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The "Peace Process" is finished. The U.S. charade as an "honest broker" has been on its death bed for decades. There has never been anything even closely resembling honesty in this U.S. charade. The U.S. was never a broker; it has always been "Israel's lawyer," to recall the description originally coined by Henry Kissinger.

Of course, should you prefer the guidance of the Gospel of Matthew rather than that of the Gospel of John Ford, here is a biblical version of the same burial recommendation:

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness." Matthew 23:27.

Obama's one-time University of Chicago colleague, Rashid Khalidi, has conveniently delivered the funeral oration for the Fordian "old goat," and Matthew's hypocrites, in his book, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has undermined peace in the Middle East."

In his book, Khalidi, he describes the process of deceit that has enabled Israel to continue its steady settlement growth backed by increasingly right-wing Israeli governments.

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In a review of Khalidi's book, Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, writes:

"Khalidi analyzes three distinct periods in the U.S.-led 'peace process.' He acknowledges omitting some other important historical moments, but these three typify the betrayal by successive administrations of their responsibilities as the principal mediator in the conflict.

"The first case is the Reagan Plan of 1982, a failed initiative to interpret, in a more balanced manner, the sections of the 1978 Camp David accords dealing with the Palestinians.

"The second failure covers the two-year period following the 1991 peace conference in Madrid, in which the United States brokered talks between the Israeli government and Palestinian representatives.

"The third is President Barack Obama's failure to follow up on his initial calls for Israel to halt the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem."

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James Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over (more...)

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