September 20, 2011
The Palestinian Bid for Statehood: Dire Implications for the U.S.
Since the 1970s, America has been the main peace broker in the Arab-Israeli conflict. For the most part, a succession of U.S. administrations decided to take a step-by-step approach -- acting as the third party at the peace table, using a gentle but firm hand to bring the main parties together. Long ago, the U.S. adopted the "land for peace" formula, which became a "two-state solution" mantra in recent years. Through the struggles and pitfalls of America's obsession to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there have been U.S. foreign policymakers that have set the timetables. The White House, working closely with the State Department, has taken strident measures to determine the various avenues towards peace. Special envoys have been established to oversee American goals. They have attempted to control the daily agenda at summits, to extract concessions from the Israelis and the Palestinians, while pushing and pressuring interlocutors at the...(Read Full Article)