CALME Luminary Letter in Newsweek

CALME Luminary Ambassador Skip Gnehm had the following letter to the editor published in Newsweek in the January 8 issue:

I was heartened by the expressions of hope in “So Now What, Mr. President?” that Bush may share James Baker’s sentiments that beyond Iraq, the long-term key to Middle East stability is a final and sustainable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Having harbored similar beliefs, I have watched in frustration as this conflict continued to worsen each year. While the Iraq Study Group report may not be the silver bullet for all that ails U.S. policy in Iraq and the Middle East, perhaps it can serve as a catalyst for more vigorous U.S. engagement in creating a viable Palestinian state and security for Israelis and Palestinians. Recent statements by both Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas show both leaders moving back toward the negotiating table. I hope the Bush administration will meet them there.

Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm Jr. (Ret.)
Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs
Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
Washington, D.C.

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