Category Peace process

The Midwest Peace Process

In 1793 a great council was held, to which came the chiefs and headmen of the Delawares, and of twelve other tribes, to meet commissioners of the United States, for one last effort to settle the vexed boundary question.  The records of this council are profoundly touching.  The Indians reiterated over and over the provisions […]

HOW TO TELL A REAL PEACE PROCESS, FROM A FAKE

When Israel, in perpetual hunt for a pretext to justify its rejectionism, insists that Palestinians recognise its ‘right to exist as a Jewish state’ before it will end the occupation, the US adopts the demand as a core issue for resolving the conflict.[*] When Israel tries a similar trick with negotiations the US actually cares about, the response is rather different: [T]his is an agreement that is only […]

“EFFECTIVELY AGREEING WITH NETANYAHU”

[T]he current Palestinian leadership should admit clearly and explicitly to the Palestinian people and the international community, that the two-state solution is no longer viable, effectively agreeing with Netanyahu. The two-state solution as dictated by the Oslo Accords died a long time ago; this is sufficiently proven by the expansion of the Jewish settlements and […]

UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL – ISRAEL’S BACKUP PLAN

Nathan Thrall: I assume you’re basically asking about whether we’re heading toward a one-state scenario [of Israel absorbing the West Bank permanently], in which we don’t have equal rights and Israel is ostracised and so forth. Yes, those trends are alarming. Outsiders look at it and they say, ‘Wow, this is really crazy; how can they […]

A NEW ‘PEACE ARCHITECTURE’

Special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry’s final briefing to the Security Council revealed the deep frustration of man who’s spent seven years on the frontline of ‘one of the most spectacular deceptions in modern diplomatic history‘. ‘Upon leaving this position’, Serry explained, ‘I cannot but express an overriding feeling that I have been part […]

RIGHTS NOT PERCENTAGES

William Quandt makes an important point here, and one that Palestinian negotiators have consistently emphasised in talks with Israel: when discussing land swaps, what matters is not mere percentages, but the implications of particular Israeli annexations for the territorial contiguity and economic viability of the area designated, under international law and by an overwhelming international political consensus, for the […]

EUREKA

Tamara Cofman Wittes is director of the Saban Centre for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and former assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs (2009-2012). After more than two decades of negotiations that have delivered negative progress towards a resolution of the conflict; Nearly six years after the lead Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, […]