The United States new peace plan for Israel and Palestine departs significantly from past plans. From altered borders, to decreasing the size of land for Palestine, to a lack of commitment to Palestinian sovereignty, this is a new approach to peace. The proposal was immediately endorsed by Israel but rejected by Palestine. Doug Becker speaks with Brent Sasley and Fayez Hammad about the plan, how it departs from previous proposals, and whether it will serve as a foundation for future proposals.

Brent Sasley is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Texas, Arlington. He is an expert in international relations and Middle East politics and is the co-author of Politics in Israel: Governing a Complex Society.

Fayez Hammad is a Lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California, Dornsife. He is an expert in Middle East politics.



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