Books: Imposing a solution

Nathan Thrall argues that the US should leverage its power to force Israel to make concessions for peace.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
June 1, 2017 19:38
4 minute read.
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US President Jimmy Carter (right) and prime minister Menachem Begin meet at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in March 1979. (photo credit: YAACOV SAAR/GPO)

 
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In a memoir, Martin Indyk, who served as US ambassador to Israel in the 1990s and special envoy for Israel-Palestinian negotiations in 2013 and 2014, opined that “American presidents can be more successful when they put their arms around Israeli prime ministers and encourage them to move forward, rather than attempt to browbeat them into submission.”

Dennis Ross, president Bill Clinton’s special Middle East coordinator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s special adviser for the Persian Gulf, made a similar claim in his book Doomed to Succeed: The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama. “When the United States pressured Israel,” Ross wrote, “we never benefited.”

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