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For Immediate Release: April 28th, 2014

Expert Available to Address Breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian Talks

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Josh Ruebner, Policy Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, 202-332-0994, congress@endtheoccupation.org

Washington, D.C. (April 28)—As Secretary of State John Kerry’s deadline for a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinians approaches tomorrow, the State Department has conceded that talks are now in “holding period where parties need to figure out what is next.” In a closed-door meeting on Friday, Kerry reportedly warned world leaders that Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” after these negotiations formally break down.

Josh Ruebner, Policy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, is available for interviews to discuss why the Kerry initiative to broker peace has failed. 

According to Ruebner, “Kerry’s initiative to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace was foreordained to fail because it replicated the same patterns of previous botched U.S. efforts. Kerry relied upon a ‘peace process’ team chocked full of pro-Israel ideologues to attempt to foist on the Palestinians a non-sovereign entity. Far from constituting a state in any meaningful sense of the term, the U.S.-Israeli offer on the table would have kept this Palestinian entity under the complete control of Israel, with Israel annexing the vast majority of its illegal settlements and maintaining in place its infrastructure of military occupation, including the illegal apartheid wall.” 

Ruebner added: “It’s clear that the discredited ‘peace process’ has finally run its course. Over more than two decades of futile negotiations, Israel has demonstrated conclusively that it prefers its ongoing, illegal colonization of Palestinian land over and above true Palestinian sovereignty over any portion of historic Palestine. With Secretary of State John Kerry having recognized the impending demise of the two-state paradigm for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian issue, now is the time for the United States to jettison its failed approach and think freshly and creatively about the requirements for a just and lasting peace based on human rights, international law, and equality rather than on Israel’s ongoing domination over the Palestinians.”

Ruebner is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan federal government agency providing policy analysis to Members of Congress. His writings appear frequently in the media, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, The Hill, Huffington Post and more.