Mordechai Kedar

Middle East Historian


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For generations, the Arabs of Jewish Palestine denied they had any national identity and that any Palestinian people existed. They rejected the Peel Commission offer of two states. In 1948, the Arabs invaded. Jewish land was stolen—and Arabs voted at the Jericho Conference to be citizens of Jordan. In 1964, with help from the Soviet KGB and escaped Nazis, Arabs expropriated the Palestinian identity. They convinced a world. Middle East historian Mordechai Kedar and Israel historian Rabbi Yotav Eliach join Edwin.

For generations, the Arabs of Jewish Palestine denied any national identity. In 1948, the Arabs invaded. Jewish land was stolen—and Arabs voted to be citizens of Jordan. In 1964, the Arabs expropriated the Jewish Palestinian identity. In the 1990s, the Oslo Accords mapped out a two-state solution. Since then, every peace breakthrough has been rejected by the Arab Palestinians. Is a two-state solution still viable? Middle East historian Mordechai Kedar and Hudson Institute Foreign Policy Fellow Josh Block join Edwin.

Israel and the UAE announced on August 13 that they had come to an historic peace agreement, the Abraham Accord. Since then, the Gulf State of Bahrain has joined the expanding the peace initiative. All three nations have established full diplomatic relations and signed treaties on September 15 at the White House. More countries are readying their recognitions, and President Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. 

Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who personally visited Bahrain, Jonathan Tobin, editor-in-chief of JNSZalmi Unsdorfer, chairman of Likud UK, Joshua London of JINSAMordechai Kedar, Arab scholar and lecturer, and other key Mideast experts join Edwin to explain the background and to explore the possibilities for the future.