Chasing the Holy Grail of Mediation: US Efforts to Mediate the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Since 1993

In: International Negotiation
Anat Niv-Solomon Department of Political Science and Global Affairs, City University of New York, The College of Staten Island 2800 Victory Blvd 2N-224, Staten Island, NY 10314 USA

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President Clinton was deeply engaged and invested in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and this commitment seems to transcend administrations as Presidents Bush, Obama, and more recently Trump have made considerable efforts to mediate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This article addresses the question of why would a US president risk his own legacy and the reputation of the office as an international mediator to try to solve this complicated case in the face of expected and proven failures? This study traces efforts made by recent US Presidents to mediate the long-standing protracted conflict between Palestinians and Israel understand the reasons for the ongoing US commitment to this process, and why different presidents and their administrations persist in their mediation attempts where their predecessors failed.

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