Monday, June 15, 2009

Getting Middle East Peace Process Restarted

David Makovsky, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, writes in today's Wall Street Journal that there is a way to bridge the gap between the approach to settlements as set forth by Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.
The issue of settlements highlights broad philosophical differences about how to approach Arab-Israeli peace. Neoconservatives such as Norman Podhoretz have favored a hands-off approach. In contrast, foreign-policy "realists," including Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, favor imposing a peace plan.

So what does he suggest?
The only way to deal with the settlement issue is to render it moot by widening it to peacemaking and heading straight into the final negotiations on territory.

Read the full article here.

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