U.S., Russia, the European Union and United Nations - the Quartet - have apparently decided that their shared vision of creating a second Arab State in Palestine, besides ex - Jordan - is unrealistic and unattainable.
The Quartet has taken four years of fruitless efforts to finally realize that this vision has become a nightmare that was his "negotiating skills have been weak, totally inept and ineffective, and that his" inability to exercise a persuasive leadership or control over the negotiations has made the population of the Arab world laugh.
Competent negotiators know you do not begin negotiations unless reasonably can be sure of a successful outcome. The Quartet has stumbled badly and his "reputation has been shattered.
You might think that in these circumstances, the Quartet understand the need to return to the drawing board and formulate a new policy that was not the creation of another Arab state in former Palestine as their "central axis.
In contrast, the Quartet has decided to create a symphony orchestra to join with the 22-member Arab League in reaching the League obsolete and totally wrong Initiative Peace of 2002 - which requires precisely the same second Arab state was created in ancient Palestine.
Why stretch of the imagination does the Quartet believes that the Arab plan will succeed when its' own plan has failed so spectacularly to be implemented in the smallest detail?
Does Arab plan is the most desirable characteristics of the Quartet plan to allow this new Arab state - 23 in the world - to be created?
Definitely not for the following reasons:
(i) requires the right of return to Israel of all Arabs (and their descendants) who have not lived there for the last 60, which even our intrepid quartet proved unrealistic.
The opinion of the Quartet on this outrageous proposal contained in a letter to George Bush gave then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the White House on 14 April 2004 (Bush's promise), which explicitly stated:
"It seems clear that a deal, just, fair and realistic framework for a solution to the Palestinian refugee issue as part of a final status agreement will need to find through the creation of a Palestinian state and the settling of Palestinian refugees, rather than a serious violation of international humanitarian law and as racist as you can get.
Commitment Bush said this pernicious proposal:
"In light of new realities on the ground, including already between Israel and major population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949 and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is unrealistic to expect any agreement on final status can only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities. "
(iii) demands the return of each inch of the West Bank to Arab rule. Without objection, every single inch.
This makes a mockery of United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338 which makes clear Arabs more than a few inches of the West Bank remain in Israeli hands.
Once again Bush's promise was firm and unyielding saying
"As part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with Resolutions 242 and 338 of the Security Council ".
It is essential to understand that the Arab League plan is not something that is open to negotiation of a type usually comes on a visit to an Arab bazaar, where the end result usually involves the shopkeeper running down the street after leaving the client frantically prepared at that time to make any agreement that may end.
Arab leadership has made clear that his plan is an "all or nothing proposal."
Israel and the Quartet must somehow think otherwise as both suddenly find something of value in an overture that has been ignored for the past five years.
What could lead to that conclusion is the real mystery.
What is also crystal clear is that the orchestra does not play a note of the score and will be consigned to the dustbin of history as the plans of many that have preceded it. Anyone purchasing tickets for this performance will be a big disappointment.
The creation of a second Arab state in former Palestine in the terms demanded by the Arab League is dead in the water.
There is only one piece left to carry out "the division of the West Bank between Jordan and Israel.
That the orchestra will have the guts to grab the baton, the podium and bring this program to a successful conclusion?
About the Author:
David Singer is an Australian lawyer and convenor of Jordan is Palestine International, an organisation calling for sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza to be allocated between Israel and Jordan as the two successor states to the Mandate for Palestine.
Article Source: ArticlesBase.com - Quartet Crumbles, Arab League Rumbles, Israel Fumbles