German and American perspectives on Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East conflict
Perhaps there is no issue today that better reminds us of the link between culture and politics than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East. Our decision to address this topic within the German-American context in two workshops—one in Washington, D.C. and one in Berlin—from which these essays are drawn, adds a further cultural and political dimension. As we all know, this long-standing transatlantic partnership suffered setbacks in the wake of the Iraq War, another Middle East flashpoint. While Chancellor Merkel seems to be on her way to mending this tarnished alliance, the incisive Israel-Palestine struggle in the Middle East remains more contentious than ever.