Mr. Greenblatt, this is what is needed to have direct talks
- By: Daoud Kuttab
Jason Greenblatt, assistant to the 45th President of the US and Special representative for international negotiations, took time out of his busy schedule preparing “the ultimate deal” and responded to my April 18 column in this paper.
My April 18 column was based on a tip I had learned from a respected diplomat in Amman about the methodology that the secretive American Middle East negotiators were considering using to unlock the decades-old Middle East jam. My source suggested that the Americans were thinking of “baseball arbitration” as the mechanism to do this. I explained in my column what this kind of arbitration is all about, namely a way of getting baseball players and owners to compromise their positions by means of suggesting a pay salary that they can live with, knowing full well that a fair arbitrator would choose the side whose offer is the most reasonable. I argued that we are dealing with people’s lives and not baseball salaries, and, anyways, the US team has shown itself not to be a fair arbitrator because in this case, the referee is playing on the side of one team.