AirTalk for August 4, 2014

The art and artifice of cease-fire negotiations in the Middle East

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The Israeli military says it has resumed its attacks on the Gaza Strip, ending a self-declared, seven-hour cease-fire that was in effect for much of the day.

The Israeli military announced it resumed its attacks Monday night.

Israel said it declared the cease-fire to allow humanitarian supplies to enter Gaza. The seaside territory has been battered by a nearly monthlong war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Previously, four humanitarian cease-fire truces have failed in the current violence between Israel and Hamas militants from Gaza.

Palestinian officials say more than 1,880 people have been killed, most of them civilians. Sixty-seven people, including three civilians, have been killed on the Israeli side.

Who are the brokers working on the talks? With the disparate groups in Gaza, how can its leadership sustain an across-the-board  truce?

Guests:

Rashid Khalidi, Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University; Author, newly published "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" (Beacon); former advisor to the Palestinian peace negotiators

Robert Danin, Ph.D, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; Danin headed the Jerusalem mission of the Quartet representative, Tony Blair, from April 2008 until August 2010.

 


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