Why Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plans Fail

The Negotiators

Nov 7 2023 • 30 mins

The staggering violence between Israelis and Palestinians over the past month has rekindled a question long vexing professionals in the negotiating business: Why have efforts to mediate peace between the two sides failed again and again? To explore that question, we look back to an initiative 20 years ago known as the road map, which seemed to hold particular promise. Sponsored by some of the world’s major players—The United States, Russia, The United Nations and the European Union—the road map sketched out a two-year path to peace that included independence for the Palestinians and security assurances for Israel. But, like previous peace plans, this one also was never implemented. Peter Bartu was a political adviser to the United Nations in Jerusalem at the time and helped mediate between Israelis and Palestinians. The story he tells on the show this week provides a forensic analysis of one particular plan that failed. But it also helps explain a broader history of diplomatic failures in the region. One of Bartu’s revelations: British Prime Minister Tony Blair pushed the United States to accept the road map in exchange for supporting the United States’ invasion of Iraq. But once the invasion got underway and troops became bogged down, the U.S. lost interest in the road map.  Bartu is now a Senior Research Scholar at the University of California Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a Lecturer in the school’s Global Studies program.  The Negotiators, hosted by Foreign Policy’s Jenn Williams, is a collaboration between Doha Debates and Foreign Policy.

You Might Like

The Morning Brief
The Morning Brief
The Economic Times
ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash
ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash
Asian News International (ANI)
ThePrint
ThePrint
ThePrint
3 Things
3 Things
Express Audio
FT News Briefing
FT News Briefing
Financial Times
Economist Podcasts
Economist Podcasts
The Economist
Daybreak
Daybreak
The Ken
HT Daily News Wrap
HT Daily News Wrap
Hindustan Times - HT Smartcast
Top of the Morning
Top of the Morning
Mint - HT Smartcast
Global News Podcast
Global News Podcast
BBC World Service
The Daily
The Daily
The New York Times
The Journal.
The Journal.
The Wall Street Journal & Gimlet
WSJ Tech News Briefing
WSJ Tech News Briefing
The Wall Street Journal
WSJ What’s News
WSJ What’s News
The Wall Street Journal
Serial
Serial
Serial Productions & The New York Times