Plan B for the Palestinians: Get the US out of mediating the conflict - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 21.01.11 | 02:57 (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 freezing 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, certainly if the US stupidly vetoes their proposed resolution against settlements in the West Bank (thereby removing this minimal pressure on Israel). The Palestinians should announce their intent and say publicly that they will only deal with a Quartet (European) mediator. The Europeans are not in the pocket of a pro-Israeli 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 has been 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: Netanyahu needs to save Israel, not just its image
    First published 01:55 21.01.11 | Last updated 01:55 21.01.11
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