Pursuing Peace Amid Pessimism
by Daniel Levy 2008-12-21

The transition of power always produces a proliferation of policy papers, reports and recommendations. This season virtually all converge around some variation of the following message: President Bush’s seven-year neglect of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking eviscerated the regional standing of the United States, and this unresolved conflict fuels anti-Americanism, weakens allies, emboldens foes and is a recruitment tool for extremists.

The trouble is that a deep skepticism prevails as to what can be done given the divisions and political dysfunction displayed on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides and the failure of the Annapolis effort.

But it would be a profound mistake to put on the back burner efforts to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough... to read more please go to www.pij.org

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