A new strategy for the Palestinians: Get the US out of mediating the conflict - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 20.12.10 | 17:31 (IST)

    The US is now run by a weak President, one who would not even apply enough pressure on Israel to get a trivial result like freezsing construction in the West Bank for THREE miserable months. Obama has good intentions, but is not inclined to use pressure. To move ahead, the Palestinians can decide not to accept Obama's mediator any longer. They should announce it and say publicly they will only deal with a Quartet (European) mediator. The Europeans are not at the pay of a Jewish Lobby, unlike the US Congress, and are more even-handed. Of course, they exert less influence on Israel, but potentially, they are very influential because of trade and proximity. The problem so far was that when the US takes responsibility, the Europeans stay on the sidelines. The Palestinians should get them to be more heavily involved, and in fact can do that. A mediator cannot mediate if one side rejects him.

    from the article: Israel orders envoys: Take 'urgent' action against Palestinian efforts at UN
    First published 16:59 20.12.10 | Last updated 16:59 20.12.10
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