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The Negotiator

Stephen P. Cohen weighs in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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  Psychologist Stephen P. Cohen has made his career as what he calls a “citizen diplomat.” He runs the Institute for Middle East Peace and Development, which he founded, and he’s been working for 40 years to try to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, participating in secret negotiations that have included Israel’s Shimon Peres and Moshe Dayan, Egypt’s Anwar Sadat, Jordan’s King Hussein, and senior leaders of the PLO and Hamas. In his new book, Beyond America’s Grasp: A Century of Failed Diplomacy in the Middle East, Cohen discusses the Arab world’s mistrust of the United States which began with Woodrow Wilson and which Barack Obama has endeavored, as witnessed by his speech in Cairo last June, to repair. He spoke with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry about that enormous challenge, about the role of the Jewish-American and Arab-American communities in the peace process, and about the need to reconceptualize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as one in which there are no victors.

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John Yorke says:

‘He runs the Institute for Middle East Peace and Development, which he founded, and he’s been working for 40 years to try to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…’

Well, that may merit 10 out of 10 for persistence but, surely, it must mean minus several million for actual performance.
I really think the rest of us need a much quicker fix to the problem. And
here’s one that might just do the trick.

http://yorketowers.blogspot.com

JY

Cohen is not willing to face the animosity of the Arabs toward the State of Israel, and continues to operate as if the conflict is an error, a misunderstanding, and if only the two sides could explain their issues then peace is around the corner.

The US, in the extensive negotiations of President Clinton, Ross etc, attempted to broker a resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The history shows that Arafat was not willing to finalize a deal. Now, the Palestinian leaders are weaker and are not in any position to accept any thing that the Israelis realistically would offer. So, there is no deal possible now, no matter what the US wants or does.

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The Negotiator

Stephen P. Cohen weighs in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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