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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The fallacy that won't die

After Wikileaks, you probably thought that only the Brits were foolish enough to continue to worship at the altar of linkage, which claims that all problems in the Middle East - and indeed in the world - stem from the failure to 'solve' the Israeli-'Palestinian' dispute. Unfortunately, there are still American diplomats who believe in the now discredited theory as well. After going through a litany of ways that the United States cannot influence the outcome of the current revolution in Egypt, former US Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer comes up with the one way the US can influence the outcome.

Can you guess what it is?
There is one set of U.S. policies that would impact positively on developments in Egypt and elsewhere and draw the collective breath of the Arab street: a determined, pro-active, aggressive effort to achieve a breakthrough in Israeli- Palestinian peace negotiations. The Obama administration is already on record as committed to this goal; two years of sustained effort without results prove the need for a more coherent and encompassing strategy.

The time is right for agile, creative and sustained U.S. peace diplomacy. American-led advances in the peace process will not determine the future of Arab democracy, but such activity will reassert the U.S.’s leadership role in the one area where its influence can make a difference.
Yes, of course. Egypt will choose a government that is less hostile to the United States, if only the United States will deliver a denuded and defenseless Israel on a silver platter.

What could go wrong?

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At 9:34 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Dan Kurtzer overlooks the fact the Palestinians are uninterested in making peace with Israel.

And no amount of brutal Israeli government assaults, beatings and shootings of revananters and the demolition of their homes will change this truth.

Not in our lifetime.


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