It’s Time for Active and Sustained Diplomacy

By Harriet C. Babbitt, Senior Advisor, Hunt Alternatives Fund and former Deputy Administrator of USAID

In his July 23 Time Magazine article “6 Keys to Peace,” Michael Elliott is exactly right when he says, “Her [Condoleezza Rice’s] predecessors may have found their shuttles around the Middle East both vexing in their detail and disappointing in their outcome. But they knew that for the U.S. and the world, staying at home was more dangerous still.”  Active and sustained U.S. involvement in the region, particularly in working to bring about a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians, is the only way Israel will find peace with her neighbors.  Israel’s war with Hezbollah was the most recent crisis, but an underlying cause remains the failure to achieve a stable, two-state agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. 

A negotiated settlement, which will only come with U.S. attention and support, is not only necessary to securing both peace and security for the Israeli and Palestinian people, but it will also enhance our efforts to build a secure, stable, and more democratic Middle East.  President Bush should make renewing the Arab-Israeli peace process central to the activity of the rest of his administration.

Explore posts in the same categories: CALME Luminaries, Israel, Palestinians, Two State Solution, U.S. Role

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