What Next in the Middle East?
Program #CHON198. Recorded in Madison, WI on April 07, 2009.
Chomsky goes over the record of the salient issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with particular attention to the relevant facts omitted from history. For decades the overwhelming international consensus has been in favor of a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. Despite Obama's "soaring rhetoric" he deviates little from the long-standing U.S. policy of joining Israel in rejectionism. The media and intellectual class fall into line. The Palestinians are to be satisfied with Bantustans with no water. The Hamas election demonstrates Washington's devotion to democracy. When the results are not in your favor you attempt to reverse them. Gaza is to be beaten into submission. The solution to the conflict is relatively "easy" in Chomsky's words "because a large majority of the U.S. population supports the international consensus." Lecture with Q&A.
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