Monday, January 13, 2003

April 2002: International Crisis Group's Peace plan for the Middle East
Yet another articulation of the two-state land-for-peace solution in Palestine. A well prepared report, it pays particular attention to the failure of the Oslo "incrementalist" approach and the consequent need for the final peace plan to be placed on the table at the beginning of negotiations, instead of being deferred indefinitely. Emphasis is placed on the role of a third party monitoring force, however it might have been more useful to forcefully challenge the US (and the American people) over their responsibility for the failure of the two state solution to materialise. The US Government and the American people need to endorse the internationally agreed solution and needs to back that up with concrete action, such as suspension of aid to Israel if it does not take steps to implement the peace agreement.

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