Middle East 'peace process' revealed as a debacle
It is not hard to understand how the American negotiators reached the conclusion that they did in the Middle East "peace process." Yes, those quotes are appropriate, for there has been no sign, during the course of the Obama administration, that the Palestinians were able or willing to make a deal to recognize a Jewish state -- and no sign the U.S. team had any process by which to alter that reality.
What is confounding for those all along the political spectrum who have been warning for two years that the administration was pursuing a flawed strategy, and doing so clumsily, is that it took two years for Obama and his diplomats to figure this out. The Jerusalem Post reports:
According to Israeli sources, the US - after hearing the position of both sides -- came to the conclusion that even if there was a moratorium for the next 90 days, it would not ensure success of the process, and that the entire process could actually explode on the 91st day if an agreement on borders was not reached.
Interested in forestalling that scenario, the US has - according to Israeli sources -- decided to rethink the entire process, look at the process with "fresh eyes," and perhaps come up with a new path forward.
Perhaps more modest goals would be in order: improving security and building Palestinian civil institutions, for example. Gosh, why didn't any of us think of that?
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