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Ian Explains: Why Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Camp David came close but failed in 2020
Ian Explains: Why Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Camp David came close but failed | GZERO World

Ian Explains: Why Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Camp David came close but failed in 2020

The last best chance at peace between Israel and Palestine included bowling and baseball at a wooded retreat in rural Maryland.

Twenty-three years ago at Camp David, US President Bill Clinton welcomed Palestinian Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for a two-week summit in a bucolic setting. The goal: find an enduring solution to the Israel-Palestine crisis.

But as Ian Bremmer explains, as the three leaders strolled together down a leafy Camp David road, they couldn’t have been further apart in their expectations for the summit. Ehud Barak, the young, leftist Israeli Prime Minister—fresh off a series of failed negotiations with Syria—had pushed hard for the summit, arguing that it was the “pressure cooker” that would require him and Arafat to make real progress on a two-state solution. His strategy was to either secure a deal or expose Arafat as an unreliable partner.

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