Change nobody believes in: Obama and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Asaf Siniver*

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Despite the promise of 'change' in President Barack Obama's early dealings with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the policy that has since emanated from the White House was in fact commensurate with those of preceding administrations. Rather than heralding a new direction for American engagement with the conflict, the Obama Administration had displayed more patterns of continuity than change in its dealings with both parties. Specifically, by continuing to act as "Israel's attorney" during negotiations, the Obama team had in effect negated the president's early pledges to act as an honest broker in the conflict. In assessing the (in)effectiveness of the Administration's management of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, it seems that on-going mediation efforts to revive the moribund peace process have exhausted their potential. Arbitration may be explored as a more effective method to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian territorial dispute.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-695
Number of pages18
JournalDiplomacy and Statecraft
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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