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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Apr 5, 2019

Israelis head to the polls in closely-watched elections next week, and if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reelected the Trump Administration is reportedly prepared to unveil a long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan crafted by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

But this is not the two-state solution deal long pushed by U.S. administrations. Instead, the U.S. will likely mobilize foreign economic assistance to the West Bank in Gaza, but not force Israel to make tough concessions on occupied territory or control of Jerusalem.

This week on “Wake” we’ll talk to a former Palestinian peace negotiator about what he calls America’s ‘Blind Spot’ when it comes to the peace process, and what to expect in the weeks ahead.

  • Khaled Elgindy, nonresident fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution, author, "Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump"

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Taped: April 4, 2019.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.