June 3, 2012
The ICG Rethinking the "Peace Process"
The International Crisis Group defines itself as an "independent, non-partisan, [sic] source of analysis ... on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict." While presidents and secretaries of state have relied it upon for analysis in places as disparate as Sudan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, and Burundi, it proves to be one-sided and ahistorical in its recent review of the Israel-Palestinian "peace process." Noting that the world is currently preoccupied elsewhere, the ICG suggests that that might be a good thing: Not to discard the two-state solution, for no other option can possibly attract mutual assent; nor to give up on negotiations, for no outcome will be imposed from outside. But to incorporate new issues and constituencies; rethink Palestinian strategy to alter the balance of power; and put in place a more effective international architecture. (All citations here.) In a mere 54 words the ICG makes clear that it is uninterested in legitimacy for the State of Israel,...(Read Full Article)