Scott interviews Jeremy Hammond about the real history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, focusing on the fact that, counter to the mainstream narrative, Israel has encouraged the rise of Hamas all along as a useful foil. Israel, Hammond explains, has never wanted a two-state solution, and when the PLO renounced terrorism and openly began supporting the idea of a two-state solution in the late 1980s, Hamas provided a convenient excuse for Israel to claim it couldn’t negotiate with the Palestinians at all. Hammond also refutes the claim that the Palestinians have repeatedly refused to negotiate peaceful settlements to the conflict, by going through all the supposed deals that they turned down.
Discussed on the show:
- “Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal | Charlie Rose” (YouTube)
- Oslo Accords
- Camp David Accords
- “The Palestine Papers” (Al Jazeera)
Jeremy R. Hammond is an independent journalist, political analyst, and author. He wrote Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, along with many other books. Follow him on Twitter @jeremyrhammond.
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