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It is clear that the peace process for settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict is not only off the table, but off the agendas of diplomatic services in Europe and the U.S.
This sad state of this affair is especially painful when we think that John Kerry and President Obama made Middle East peace our country’s most visible foreign policy objective.
The temptation is to think that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sabotaged any chance at peace because of West Bank settlement expansion.
Side - Coin - Pressure - Israel - Concessions
The flip side of the coin is that pressure on Israel to make concessions without a viable Palestinian negotiating partner and the Palestinian/Arab refusal to negotiate compromise solutions leaves the playing field wide open for Israel to do what it wants.
Instead of staying blocked by this conundrum, we should see it as an opportunity!
Mistake - Concessions - Concessions - Israel - Line
But the mistake is either to focus on Israeli concessions or, on the contrary, to consider that requiring too many concessions is unfair and unproductive. Israel does have to come to the front line, but not through U.S. or international diplomacy forcing.
The break that’s needed is to formulate a totally new approach.
Condition - Peace - Peace - Process - Action
The fundamental condition to achieve peace is to understand that peace doesn’t come from a process; it comes from action.
The action that can be reasonably expected is the creation of a Palestinian State not as the culmination of a negotiating process but as a step toward peace. The essential change in approach would contemplate the declaration of the new Palestinian State without the preliminary resolution of the many outstanding issues, and in a manner that would not endanger Israel’s security.
Proposal - Circumstances - Netanyahu - Way - Arafat
And the proposal in the best of circumstances should come from Netanyahu himself. In the same way Arafat surprised the world with his appearance before the UN, Netanyahu would clearly put the question of Palestinian independence before...
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