Al Jazeera – Is the US an honest broker between the Israelis-Palestinians?

Gepubliceerd op 25 jun. 2019

After more than 25 years, US-brokered talks have failed to produce a lasting deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

None of the key issues laid out in the 1993 Oslo Accords have been resolved.

At least no results on paper.

But the story on the ground is different.
Illegal Israeli settlements, for example, have continued to grow during the peace process.

In 1993, there were more than 250,000 settlers living in the occupied territories. As of 2017, there are over 650,000. (Source: Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics)
Borders are another example.

The current boundaries between Israel and the occupied territories are supposed to be temporary arrangements.

But Israel has militarised these lines, so while there’s no border deal, there is a concrete wall, military checkpoints and a complicated system of residency and travel permits for Palestinians.

Here’s one more example: The final status of Jerusalem.

Oslo laid out a basic framework for a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital.

But two years later, the US ended up supporting Israel’s claim to the city, although Washington avoided doing anything about it for security reasons.

That all changed in 2017, when Donald Trump turned loose promises into reality.

Despite past failures in trying to reach a deal, the US is still the main international broker in the peace process.

But how did the US get this role in the first place?

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