Today I’m privileged to have Dr. Stephen Zunes. Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action. Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and a member of the academic advisory council for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Welcome, Stephen Zunes.
Stephen: Good to be with you.
Blase: I see an article in the LA Times, August 31, 2016. We have a spokesperson, an envoy at the US, Nicholas Vladinov, stating that the “surge” in Israeli plans to advance 1700 new housing units in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and efforts to retroactively legalize hilltop settler outposts. He is complaining to this entity, the UN, about this, and he accuses Israel of stepping up demolitions of Palestinian buildings and conducting a land survey to identify grounds for a new settlement to exist next to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. The special coordinator for middle east peace process says this appears to reinforce a policy carried out over decades that has enabled over half a million Israelis to settle in territory occupied by the military in 1967. This just came out in the LA Times. (Read More)