Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies and Jewish peace activist, discusses how the Israeli/Palestinian conflict polarizes American opinion like during the Vietnam War era, the detrimental effects of occupation on the Israeli state (given that the Palestinians suffer far more), why Obama needs more political support before he can force concessions on Israel and broker a peace deal, the many Leftist activists newly-energized by Republican gains in Congress and how settlement freezes show that serious US pressure can effect Israeli policy.
MP3 here. (18:04)
Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity and Monsters To Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin. He regularly writes for Commondreams, Tomdispatch, Alternet, Truthout and Foreign Policy in Focus.