Mr. Lister is a U.S. Foreign Service officer who served in the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv 1997-2001, where he covered Palestinian affairs in the Gaza Strip. The views in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of State. He completed work on this article while a Davis Fellow at Columbia University, and he wishes to express his gratitude to the School of International and Public Affairs for its support during thisperiod.
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