By Samuel Burke, CNN
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are completely stalled.
Parties from both sides have called for America to renew its efforts, but one person is not.
Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi argues that America's role in that peace process is actually hindering the situation, not helping it, in his new book called "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.
Khalidi believes that a trip like the one President Barack Obama just made to the region has more do with the U.S. relationship with Israel than it does with the Palestinians.
In his book, Khalidi goes as far to argue that the U.S. is largely complicit, whether deliberately or not, in the reality that there's been no peace between these two places.
"It has made the situation measurably worse." Khalidi told CNN's Ali Velshi on Thursday. "We've exacerbated the problem. As far as the Palestinians are concerned, as far as the conditions under which they live. So they can call it what they want. But it's scandalous for them to call it a peace process."
Bret Stephens, foreign affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal, says that the peace process was misnamed from the very beginning.
"In part because the maximum Israel could give was less than the minimum Palestinians were willing to accept," Stephens said in a conversation with Velshi and Khalidi. He added that this is mainly because Palestinians insist on the dismantling of the settlements, but Israelis are unlikely to push for that because in the past Israel has dismantled settlements and garnered little results in favor of peace.
In spite of that, a recent poll that was published in the Jerusalem Post showed that a majority of both peoples support a two-state solution: 59% of Palestinians and 62% of Israelis.
"It's largely insoluble because for the past 20 years, we've gone in the wrong direction," Khalidi said. "The things that could and should have been done, when you had this welcoming attitude toward peace."
But Stephens sees Palestinian militarism as the number one obstacle to a Palestinian state.
"I think that the best policy that could be pursued on all three sides - American, Israeli and Palestinian - are small confidence-building measures, not big steps, not huge grand bargains, small things that every side can do to reduce the number of checkpoints, to provide security assistance to Palestinian security personnel."
"I think that's pumping formaldehyde into a corpse," Kalidi said in response to Stephens. "This entire structure is dead. It will not produce a resolution."
Khalidi suggests going to an international body instead of the United States.
For the time being, the United States' influence is undeniable; how President Obama chooses to exercise it in his second term remains to be seen.