Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Blame the Quartet if the Middle East peace process dies

Akiva Eldar, The Daily Star, August 1, 2011


The creation of the Quartet by U.S. President George W. Bush was a unique and interesting attempt to develop an effective international mechanism that was not subject to the problematic rules of the game of the United Nations. The new forum was supposed to expand America’s wingspan without the burden of the Security Council and the nearly 200 members of the General Assembly.

The Quartet relegated the U.N. to one of four partners in formulating an international strategy for the Israel-Arab and particularly Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The Quartet was intended to give U.S. policy with its known pro-Israel tilt a more balanced image, backed by international consensus. The initiative to give the Quartet its own policy instrument headed by a senior statesman like Tony Blair gave hope to the Middle East peace camp that the international community was really coming to the rescue of stalled final status negotiations.

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