|The US Role in the Peace Process and the Israeli Role in US Middle East Policy: Is America Really "Pro-Israel"?|
Dr. Stephen Zunes
This workshop will address such questions as: Does U.S. support for Sharon encourage compromise or a hardening of Israel’s negotiating position? Does it make Israel safer or does it endanger Israel’s security in the long term? Is U.S. “support” based primarily upon a moral concern for Israel’s security and well-being or upon perceived U.S. strategic and economic interests? Is the U.S.-led “peace process” about peace or about Pax Americana? Is the U.S. striving for reconciliation between these Semitic cousins or is this just another case of divide and rule? Is the tail really wagging the dog, as many critics charge, or is Israel essentially being used?