The Excuses For Delaying Action in the Middle East Wear Thin

The reasoning for why the U.S. should not actively pursue peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, and dialogue with the Syrians, and consistent support for the broad-based Lebanese government is far easier to come by than the voices advocating for engagement on all fronts.  Yet the courage to proceed is required if there can be any hope for progress on these outstanding challenges.  In an International Herald Tribune op-ed today, CALME luminary Robert Malley and his former colleague Aaron David Miller argue that the U.S. should broaden its diplomatic scope to give these issues the attention they require in order for progress to be made toward any measure of resolution. 

Of these issues, they say, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires the most and freshest attention.   In serving as the voice for engagement, they say “For years, a debate has raged in Washington over the desirability of such a move [a U.S.-advanced “inspiring, detailed vision of a comprehensive settlement”], with powerful arguments marshaled against it: the time is not ripe; Israel will object; failure to implement the vision will discredit it. All true, but at this point superseded by an overriding concern – the dizzying collapse of America’s reputation and standing in the region at a time when Washington is more heavily invested in it than ever.”  Whether or not the U.S. secures an imminent peace, in many ways the issue is about showing up and demonstrating that our leadership is engaged in finding a solution. 

To read the full article, please click here.

Explore posts in the same categories: CALME Luminaries, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Middle East Peace, Palestinians, U.S. Role

One Comment on “The Excuses For Delaying Action in the Middle East Wear Thin”

  1. ininiacotmork Says:

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