Thinking Aloud: “The Gaza Crisis: No Way Out?,” Part I
August 9, 2014 by Darius
Earlier this week, I attended a panel at the Brookings Institution on “The Gaza Crisis: No Way Out? Policy Options and Regional Implications,” featuring three Brookings experts on the Israel-Palestine conflict: Martin Indyk, who recently returned from serving as special US envoy to the latest round of failed negotiations; Khaled Elgindy, a founding board member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association and former advisor to the Palestinian leadership on negotiations with Israel; and Natan Sachs, who specializes in Israeli foreign policy, Israeli domestic politics, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. All three panelists contributed interesting remarks. I will deal mostly with Indyk and Sachs today, because they were more similar in many ways, and share Elgindy’s comments tomorrow.
According to Indyk, US-Israel relations are at their sourest since 1982 and the Sabra and Shatila massacres. That being said, Israel’s standing in the world is very…
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