April 9, 2014

The Mideast Peace Process Collapsed 3 Years Ago

Peter Beinart, Haaretz

The Associated Press

Without understanding this history, you can’t understand why America’s current peace efforts are near collapse. The principle that a final deal requires a Palestinian state near the 1967 lines, after all, had undergirded all serious prior negotiations, both between Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat in 2000-2001 and between Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas in 2007-2008.To imagine the two parties can reach an agreement without following those parameters is sheer fantasy, since a Palestinian state that isn’t near the 1967 lines wouldn’t be remotely viable. Yet when Netanyahu rejected Obama’s guidelines, Obama abandoned them. And when John Kerry picked up the diplomatic torch in 2013, he didn’t require Israel to accept them either.

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TAGGED: Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, West Bank, Settlements, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, Palestinians, Palestine, Israel

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