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JOSH RUEBNER-Shattered Hopes: The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781781681206
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Verso - September 10th, 2013


Friday, May 23 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

National Advocacy Director of the
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

speaking & signing
Shattered Hopes:
The Failure of Obama's

Middle East Peace Process

The Middle East peace process is a complicated, highly charged issue. In his new book, Josh Ruebner, founder of Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel, charts Obama's journey through the process during his terms and investigates the process made on this critical issue. 

About Shatted Hopes: 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.

JOSH RUEBNER is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. He founded and directed Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel, which merged with Jewish Voice for Peace. Ruebner also worked for the Congressional Research Service, a governmental agency providing members of Congress with policy analysis. He lives in Washington, DC.


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