Watch live: Middle East Policy Council hosts talk on expanding the debate on Israel/Palestine

Founder and co-editor of Mondoweiss Phil Weiss is participating in a Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) discussion this morning on expanding the debate on Israel/Palestine. You can watch the livestream above–it begins at 9:30 am EST and ends at about noon.

The other panelists are: Henry Siegman, President of the U.S./Middle East Project; Stephen Walt, Professor of international affairs at Harvard; and Hussein Ibish, Senior Research Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine.

MEPC says that “a questions and answers session will be held at the end of the proceedings. To submit a question online, tweet @MidEastPolicy or email [email protected]

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  1. bilal a says:

    Izvestia printed a story detailing Russian security agencies tracking the eldest Boston bomber to Georgia-US NGOs operating inside Russia for destablization. Der Spiegel has linked these destablization efforts to Israeli military and ex Mossad contractors .
    It thus appears that Russia’s contacting of both the CIA and FBI over the Boston bomber was a way of blowing his cover saying ;We have acquired this agent’, working for either an NGO intelligence op, or for a nation state.

    Russia signals Boston bomber was Intelligence Recruit in New Izvestia report
    link to cartelism.com

  2. Citizen says:

    Video is not working. Same on YouTube, where it says “experiencing technical difficulties.”

  3. HarryLaw says:

    Do hope we can see this eventually or a verbatim transcript, I was fortunate to see some of the broadcast with our host and Professors Siegman and Walt answering questions, before ‘batteries low’ came on the screen.

  4. Citizen says:

    Here’s the video of the talk: link to mepc.org

  5. Citizen says:

    Unfortunately, my server kept dropping the connection; now, about half way through the Q & A, it does not reconnect at all–with a half hour left I got exasperated and quit.

  6. Citizen says:

    I went back to the MEPC site, and this time I was able to replay the Q & A entirely.

    There was a consensus in the panel, I think, that if Obama went directly to the American people, there’d be some significant change, but that he wouldn’t do that as he’d still have to face congress, and his party donors. But nobody followed-up by surmise: so what? If his pulpit explanation was factual, and Obama, an eloquent and charming speaker, could cause many to jump all over a congress which still wanted to rubber-stamp Israel in the face of the reality a courageous POTUS could explain at the pulpit.

    They also explained that the American people didn’t much care about foreign policy, but nobody on the panel brought up the huge financial aid we’ve given Israel, our number one beneficiary in all American history, and we’re still doing it while Americans are feeling many spending cuts and the economy is bankrupt. Surely, if Obama added that to a pulpit speech, along with painting a picture of Israel ‘s real values in action, again congress would be put on defensive for the first time regarding Israel. And so on. The panel did say if Americans knew the reality that Israel does not have the same values as us, that would also cause change. In short the long panel talk & Q&A did not really concern itself with the actual negative impact on Americans and America’s reputation itself that the I-P conflict handling by successive US regimes has spurred.

    So, all and all, things seem hopeless, due to the reality to date that no American leader of any really significant political or main media importance is strong enough to withstand and overpower AIPAC et al’s flack and complicit main media’s hasbara. So 5% of America’s 2% Jewish citizens will continue to rule US foreign policy as far as one can see into the horizon.