Peace is the Wrong Objective

I would like to sketch out the basis of any agreement in the future that, in my view, could bring a lasting peace in the Middle East.I would preface any tentative agreement on the Middle East with a real Declaration of Principles (DoP).  Not the kind of Declaration that initiated the Oslo Accords in 1993, with its 17 Articles and its many Annexes where the words "truth", "facts", "justice" and "history" are nowhere to be seen.  No, the new DoP should invoke universally accepted values that extend across cultures, religions and beliefs, and which should be acknowledged before dealing with operating procedures.  These are the four (4) principles that should be established in the DoP:1. Peace is not the objective to be pursued; peace is only the expected outcome of the pursuit of a more important objective.  In the past 14 years, we have seen a multitude of Middle East "peace plans" and as many failures to implement...(Read Full Article)

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