Monday, June 29, 2009

New Hope for Peace: What America Must Do to End the Israel-Palestine Conflict

I am always impressed by the video resources put out by Landrum Bolling and the Foundation for Middle East Peace. While this one is mostly "talking heads," these are very smart heads. It's free and it's only 20 minutes long, which is a real plus for me as a teacher and presenter.

"New Hope For Peace: What America Must Do To End the Israel-Palestine Conflict"
Four American Statesmen Speak Out in a New DVD
Presented by Landrum Bolling

Four American statesmen, Jimmy Carter, James Baker, Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be resolved with a comprehensive U.S. presidential initiative.

Speaking as President Obama's diplomacy is unfolding, the four leaders say the time is right for a new U.S. initiative in New Hope for Peace. This 20-minute DVD is presented by Landrum Bolling with cooperation from the Foundation for Middle East Peace ( and Mercy Corps International.

Drawing on their long experience, the four statesmen explain that solutions that would meet the basic needs of Israelis and Palestinians are well known and that both want peace but have been thwarted by hard-line minorities. They believe that strong U.S. presidential leadership can help bring a two-state peace through a comprehensive peace plan and sustained mediation. They predict that the international community would welcome and support such a U.S. initiative.

The overwhelming majority of Israelis and Palestinians want peace... The President should make his policies clear on settlements, home demolitions, Israel security, and East Jerusalem ... Jimmy Carter

The vast majority of the Israelis are tired of being a nation perpetually at war...they want to see a secure peace agreement, and so do the Palestinians... Hard liners on both sides are the biggest obstacles to peace...You have to talk to your enemies ... James Baker

We must play a more active role...We need to act decisively and comprehensively...The President needs to step up and say "this is the American proposal." will turn around the psychological atmosphere in the Middle East. Brent Scowcroft

Two decent peoples are locked in a mortal embrace...they cannot move toward peace unless someone helps... It takes an impartial, energetic outside mediator... there is only one candidate...the U.S., and more specifically the President. Zbigniew Brzezinski

Preview New Hope for Peace on YouTube -

Copies are available on request from the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
202-835-3650, 1761 N Street, NW, Washington DC 20036,

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