Daniel Levy

Peace is Possible


Former Israeli diplomat Daniel Levy, now at the New America Foundation, discusses the upcoming Annapolis peace conference, the letter from the American establishment to Bush and Rice urging them to make real progress toward a two-state solution, the negative consequences of current American policy, the failure of the “roadmap to peace,” the lack of a real strategic purpose behind the occupation of the West Bank and Golan Heights, U.S. intervention to the detriment of an Israeli/Syrian peace deal, the blown opportunity to work with Hamas and the consequences, the effect of the neocons’ “Clean Break” doctrine on current policy, the contemptible myth that the origin of America and Israel’s problems in the Middle East are rooted in radical Islam rather than real grievances about circumstances here on earth and his belief that the U.S. should remain involved, but should start getting it right.

MP3 here. (33:30)

Daniel Levy is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He was the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative and directed policy planning and international efforts at the Geneva Campaign Headquarters in Tel Aviv. Previously, Mr. Levy served as senior policy adviser to former Israeli Minister of Justice, Yossi Beilin, and under the Barak government he worked in the prime minister’s office as a special adviser and head of the Jerusalem Affairs unit. He was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001, and of the negotiating team for the “Oslo B” Agreement from May to September 1995, under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

As a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation, Mr. Levy seeks to encourage thought-provoking debate and offer strategic solutions for resolving the long-running conflicts in the Middle East, core among them the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has published extensively in a broad range of publications including Ha’aretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Boston Globe, United Press International, The American Prospect, the International Herald Tribune, The Evening Standard (London), and the blog TPMCafe.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of Antiwar.com, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.

4 thoughts on “Daniel Levy”

  1. Levy’s assertion that total US disengagement from Mid East would be less effective than an informed reengagement along positive lines is true but irrelevant. The latter ain’t gonna happen. US does not do “responsible” or even “competant” and saying that it would be better if it did is whistling in the wind. When a bull is lumbering round in a china shop the the thing is to get the bull out, not try to teach it to mend ceramics.

  2. A Christian at a rally in Lebanon years ago said that the U.S. doesn’t care who killed Rafik Harriri…( Our govt. doesn’t even care who really killed JFK which increasingly appears to have been a joint CIA-Mossad operation..) All the Americans really care about is getting rid of the Shia militia ( which forced the Israelis to leave Lebanon ) because all the Americans really care about is Israel…He’s right…Except he left out war-profiteering, the quest for the “privatization” of Iraqi oil and making sure oil continues to be traded for dollars and not Euros…That’s all..
    ( the above is true..JFK earned the hatred of the Zionists for one reason-he was working to keep Israel fm becoming a nuclear power..JFK had also been advised by Gen MacArthur to keep the US out of Vietnam and the conversation made and impression on him…and he wanted to reform the “Federal” Reserve…so this Catholic couldn’t be trusted-as they suspected-and he had to go…) The CIA groomed the patsy and the Mossad-Myer Lansky mob provided the guns..Read Michael Collins Piper’s Final Judgement on this

  3. I agree with both the assertions and conclusions of hardtruth, and Bill Federkiel, both made above. In the future, I doubt if there will be any but Protestant presidents for the rest of my lifetime.

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