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New Meetup: Much Too Promised Land, Aaron Miller

From: Dyutiman D.
Sent on: Thursday, February 19, 2009 12:43 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Prague Spring, NYC Chapter!

What: Much Too Promised Land, Aaron Miller

When: March 17,[masked]:00 PM

The Much too Promised Land
Aaron David Miller

Recent violence in Gaza/Israel brings fresh focus on this never-ending conflict. In this discussion we will be looking at the U.S. involvement (which most experts believe is imperative) in the diplomatic efforts for the past several decades.

Aaron Miller worked for several administrations and got a first hand glimpse of the American effort, although he starts with Kissinger and Carter (somewhat before his time). Brief descriptions can be found here and a more detailed analysis from the Hoover Institute.

From the Times
In the end Mr. Miller seems to admire most the approach of Mr. Baker, a man who is anathema to most American Jews because of his toughness and lack of sentimentality. But this is precisely Mr. Miller?s point: Israel, he says, needs tough love, and American officials must resist American Jewish pressure to give in always to Israeli demands. Here is his advice for the next president contemplating Arab-Israeli diplomacy: ?If you?re not prepared to reassure the locals while cracking heads as needed (and both will be needed), don?t bother.?

You can see his latest assessment on the situation from this video.

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