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Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace

When: Sunday, September 29, 2013, 4:00 pm
Where: First Parish Cambridge (Unitarian Universalist) • 3 Church St • Harvard Square T • Cambridge

Josh RuebnerJosh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will talk and sign copies of his new book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.


This hard-hitting critique of the Obama administration's failure in the Middle East is written in a clear and accessible style and maps out an informed history of the Obama administration's policies and maps out a true path forward for the United States to help achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.

President Barack Obama's first trip abroad in his second term took him to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, where he despondently admitted to those waiting for words of encouragement, “It is a hard slog to work through all of these issues.” Contrast this gloomy assessment with Obama’s optimism on the second day of his first term, when he appointed former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell as his special envoy for Middle East peace, boldly asserting that his administration would “actively and aggressively seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” How is it that Obama’s active and aggressive search for progress has become mired in the status quo? Writer and political analyst Josh Ruebner charts Obama’s journey from optimism to frustration in the first hard-hitting investigation into why the president failed to make any progress on this critical issue, and how his unwillingness to challenge the Israel lobby has shattered hopes for peace.

Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace, American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, American Jews for a Just Peace, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Code Pink.

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