Israel, the Palestinians and anti-Americanism in the Muslim World

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Last week UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the Israeli-Palestinian issue "carries a powerful symbolic and emotional charge...  like no other conflict in the world."  There was a sense of optimism, when President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians would form a "unity government" to negotiate the end of the economic and political blockade imposed by Israel and the western powers. But with Hamas and Fatah bitterly divided over recognizing Israel's right to exist, there may be no "unity government" with which to negotiate. We update the Palestinians' internal struggles and look at the mood in Israel after the bombing of Lebanon. We also get some history of the Israeli-Palestinian issue and why it's the source of so much anti-Americanism around the world.

Credits

Guests:
Khalil Shikaki - Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Yossi Alpher - Israeli consultant and author, Jim Gelvin - University of California, Los Angeles, Graham Usher - Freelance journalist, Clayton Swisher - Director of Programs at the Middle East Institute

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Dan Konecky, Katie Cooper, Karen Radziner