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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 Majorit 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. Written in a clear and accessible style by the advocacy director of a national peace organization and former Middle East analyst for the Congressional Research Service, Shattered Hopes offers 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.


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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 Majorit 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. Written in a clear and accessible style by the advocacy director of a national peace organization and former Middle East analyst for the Congressional Research Service, Shattered Hopes offers 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.

39 review for Shattered Hopes: The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maryc

    Brilliant analysis of Obama's continuation of America's FAILED policy-which has helped to finance, support, and perpetuate the brutal military occupation of Palestine by Israel. Brilliant analysis of Obama's continuation of America's FAILED policy-which has helped to finance, support, and perpetuate the brutal military occupation of Palestine by Israel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Lots of good information and I mostly agree with his points. But it was somewhat of a boring read. Anyone who is interested in the premise if the book but doesn't know much background is going to have a rough time with it IMO. I started it in the fall and put it down after 70 pages. Waited til winter to pick it up again. Lots of good information and I mostly agree with his points. But it was somewhat of a boring read. Anyone who is interested in the premise if the book but doesn't know much background is going to have a rough time with it IMO. I started it in the fall and put it down after 70 pages. Waited til winter to pick it up again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    A thought-provoking book that gives the reader a Palestinian view of the US posture regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This book can puzzle you, make you angry, break your heart as the author reveals the overwhelming odds against resolution.

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    Samar Dahmash Jarrah

    A great read and had the author on our live radio show talk about it.

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