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What’s happening in Gaza and why? And how did we get here?
Political scientist Ian Bremmer joins Big Think’s Editor-in-Chief, Robert Chapman-Smith, to discuss the historical and political context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Ian Bremmer, a political scientist and president of Eurasia Group, joins us to discuss the historical and political context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In this conversation, Bremmer and our editor-in-chief, Robert Chapman-Smith, explore the current dynamics between Israel and Palestine, particularly during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure.
They also delve into internal politics in Israel — including growing dissent against the government, how the conflict in Gaza is being handled, the influence of hard-right political parties, and the impact of these factors on the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians.
0:00 Palestinians forgotten
6:30 Israel’s domestic instability
13:17 Israel and Gulf states
19:28 Hamas’ strategy
27:06 Social media disinformation
37:20 Israel’s strategy and peace
44:40 U.S. support for Israel
49:32 World War 3?
54:07 Two-state solution
Read more from Ian Bremmer on the Middle East crisis:
The Gaza invasion will not make Israel safer
Will the Middle East war cost Biden politically?
What should Israel do next?
What we know (and don’t know) about Iran’s role in the Israel-Hamas war
A brutal wake-up call shakes Israel and the world
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Additional information sources:
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by the Center for Preventive Action
This United Nations’ document database
Mapping the Massacres
Films to watch:
5 Broken Cameras
Waltz with Bashir
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About Ian Bremmer and Robert Chapman-Smith:
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm started in 1998. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington, and London, as well as a network of experts and resources around the world. Bremmer has authored several books, including the national bestseller The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?
Robert Chapman-Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of Big Think. As Editor-in-Chief, Rob guides coverage and works with the Big Think team to explore the world’s biggest questions with the world’s biggest thinkers. He is based in Philadelphia.