Haaretz’s pundit takes on US envoy Ross for aiding Netanyahu

Posted: July 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Akiva Eldar, an expert on the peace process, avid supporter of the two-states solution and author of “Lords of the Land,” a history of the Israeli settlement project, harshly criticizes the White House’s envoy to the Middle East, Dennis Ross, for backing the demands of an extreme rightwing Israeli government.

In an Haaretz article, Eldar also advises to Palestinians to continue their UN bid, and if it fails, dismantle the Palestinian Authority and let Israel face the consequences of direct control over the West Bank’s Palestinians. I think this piece is important, because it shows that following the Palestinians, the Israeli left might be also losing its faith in the American-sponsored never-ending, nowhere-going “peace process.”

For years he [Ross] has been nurturing the myth that if the United States would only meet his exact specifications, the Israeli right would offer the Arabs extensive concessions.

During the years he headed the American peace team, Israeli settlement construction ramped up. Now Ross, the former chairman of the Jewish People Policy Institute, is trying to convince the Palestinians to give up on bringing Palestinian independence for a vote in the United Nations in September and recognize the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people – in other words, as his country, though he was born in San Francisco, more than that of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was born in Safed.

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If Obama really intended to justify his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, he would not have left the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hands of this whiz at the never-ending management of the conflict.

Read the rest here.


One Comment on “Haaretz’s pundit takes on US envoy Ross for aiding Netanyahu”

  1. 1 Tom Mitchell said at 8:15 am on July 7th, 2011:

    Obama doesn’t have to earn his peace prize as it was a gift of European progressive tokenism! After he was awarded it I wrote to Hillary Clinton and suggested that he hold a public ceremony and split the prize money between George Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke, who had both earned Nobel Peace Prizes for their diplomacy in the Clinton administration. Now Holbrooke is dead and Mitchell has resigned.

    Ross, like Carter before him, works with the material he is provided. Neither the present Israeli nor the Palestinian governments are ideal. Both have to make concessions to their domestic societies that hurt the peace process.

    I, like Yossi Alpher, believe that Washington should exploit the UN process to negotiate at least a partial solution in which the Palestinians give up their demand for a right of return in exchange for a state.