17 January 2018   'When Geopolitical Conditions And Moral Values Converge - By: Alon Ben-Meir

15 January 2018   In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence - By: Ramzy Baroud

12 January 2018   Bibi's Son or: Three Men in a Car - By: Uri Avnery

11 January 2018   Jerusalem and Amman - By: Daoud Kuttab

11 January 2018   A Party That Has Lost Its Soul - By: Alon Ben-Meir

8 January 2018   Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa - By: Ramzy Baroud

8 January 2018   Ahed Tamimi offers Israelis a lesson worthy of Gandhi - By: Jonathan Cook

5 January 2018   Uri Avnery: Why I am Angry? - By: Uri Avnery

4 January 2018   US blackmail continued - By: Daoud Kuttab

29 December 2017   Uri Avnery: The Man Who Jumped - By: Uri Avnery

5 أيلول 2015   "من الأزل".. آخر كتب الراحل جونتر جراس - بقلم: المركز الألماني للإعلام (ألمانيا إنفو/ almania info)

25 May 2017

New peace strategy requires agreement on the end goal, first

By: Daoud Kuttab
print     send by email

In his summit speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, US President Donald Trump took an important undertaking to revisit how the US policy is designed, including his willingness “to adjust our strategies” if need be.
“We will discard those strategies that have not worked,” he told King Salman and the Arab and Muslim heads of states that came to meet him.
Nowhere is a new US strategy needed more than in the continuously failed US efforts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The US thought has often been that if the parties meet directly, they can resolve their differences
This has failed because when the strong negotiates with the weak, the strong will dictate his position and the weak has either to surrender or to say no.
Instead, what is needed is to begin with the end goal and work the way back.
Everyone knows that a peace deal exists and knows what it looks like, so instead of going back to negotiations about the content of the deal, what is needed is to declare what the deal is all about and then spend the negotiations on how to implement it.
The Trump administration does not need to reinvent the wheel. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should be asked to simply dust off the various documents that include issues agreed to by both major Israeli parties and the Palestinians.
Then, make a synthesis of these issues into a reasonable and fair plan that is in concert with international law and present it to both parties.
Documents available at the US State Department will show that the basics of a deal calls for a contiguous independent Palestinian state, roughly on the 1967 borders, with some land swaps, Jerusalem as an open city and capital to both states, and a fair agreed-to solution to the refugee problem.
In fact, this is pretty much what the Arab Peace Initiative that has been awaiting an Israeli response since 2002 states.
This plan should simply be presented to the UN Security Council in order to get it legitimised by the world community.
With an end plan in hand, the hard part will begin.
Both sides (government and people) are likely to initially reject it or parts of it, but that is to be expected.
The key for Washington is not to allow this noise to disturb it. The US peace envoy’s job should not be to focus on what the content of the deal is, but to see how to sell it and eventually have it become an agreement between the parties.
Certain caveats might also be needed to get to that point.
A final date for implementation must be quickly agreed to and the talks should be about how to implement that agreement within a set timeframe.
Both negotiating parties must commit not to carry out any act that will prejudice the agreement that is hopefully mandated by the UN Security Council.
Israel cannot allow any settlement activities in the areas of the Palestinian state and must allow Palestinians to develop their potential in all these areas.
This includes opening development in areas C and guaranteeing safe passage to people and goods between Gaza and the West Bank, as agreed to by both parties in the Oslo Accords.
It also obliges the Palestinian government to act in good faith and not delegitimatise the state of Israel in any public pronouncements, and to control radicals.
While Palestinians are abiding by the security coordination, this should not be seen as a licence to settlers to act with impunity.
Israel must control settlers violence, which will most certainly escalate if a peace deal is being implemented.
On May 18, a settler shot dead a Palestinian, Mutaz Shamsa, who was protesting in a village near Nablus in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on a hunger strike going into its second month.
The parties might need some time to get a clear idea what the deal will look like (rather than return to the talks) and this might require a transitional period of sorts.
The UN, US, NATO as well as other international forces can be made available to safeguard the occupied territories during this transitional period.
The ultimate deal exists today in the archives of the world powers and the UN.
What we need is spend very little time to remove the dust from these documents, synthesise them into a workable document and get the Security Council to legitimise it.
By this reversal of the order of things the end game would no longer be in doubt, and the hard lifting would be in the implementation rather than the content of the ultimate deal.
Reversing the US foreign policy and beginning with an end game would allow everyone to know where the peace process is going.
This would be a much smarter and doable strategy the Trump administration should adopt if it wants to oversee the “ultimate deal”.

* A Palestinian columnist based in Amman, Jordan. - dkuttab@ammannet.net

Security Code

18 كانون ثاني 2018   قراءة قانونية لبعض قرارات المجلس المركزي الفلسطيني..! - بقلم: المحامي إبراهيم شعبان

18 كانون ثاني 2018   تدعيم نموذج الصمود الإنساني الفلسطيني أمام الطوفان القادم - بقلم: د. عبير عبد الرحمن ثابت

18 كانون ثاني 2018   القدس تصرخ... فهل من مجيب؟ - بقلم: راسم عبيدات

18 كانون ثاني 2018   إستهداف الأونروا يتطلب إحياء دور لجنة التوفيق - بقلم: علي هويدي

18 كانون ثاني 2018   هل أحرق الرئيس الفلسطيني السفن؟ - بقلم: د. أحمد جميل عزم

18 كانون ثاني 2018   رزان.. طفلة أسيرة أوجعتنا - بقلم: خالد معالي

18 كانون ثاني 2018   الديمقراطية العراقية وأوهام الديمقراطية..! - بقلم: ناجح شاهين

17 كانون ثاني 2018   جمرات الخطاب تحرقهم..! - بقلم: عمر حلمي الغول

17 كانون ثاني 2018   لماذا تنفجر غزة؟ ولأجل من؟ - بقلم: مصطفى إبراهيم

17 كانون ثاني 2018   #غزة - بقلم: د. حيدر عيد

17 كانون ثاني 2018   قرارات المركزي.. رُبع الطريق..! - بقلم: د. أحمد جميل عزم

16 كانون ثاني 2018   مئوية عبد الناصر..! - بقلم: عمر حلمي الغول

31 اّذار 2017   41 سنة على يوم الأرض: تماسك الفقراء - بقلم: بسام الكعبي

6 كانون أول 2016   نيلسون مانديلا: حضورٌ يقهرُ الغياب..! - بقلم: بسام الكعبي

3 كانون أول 2016   عادل الأسطة: ناقد لامع ومحاضر بارع..! - بقلم: بسام الكعبي

27 اّذار 2011   عداد الدفع المسبق خال من المشاعر الإنسانية..!! - بقلم: محمد أبو علان

13 شباط 2011   سقط مبارك فعادت لنا الحياة - بقلم: خالد الشرقاوي

4 شباط 2011   لا مستحيل..!! - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

13 كانون ثاني 2018   فدوى وإبراهيم..! - بقلم: تحسين يقين

12 كانون ثاني 2018   في غزَّة..! - بقلم: أكرم الصوراني

11 كانون ثاني 2018   حتى يُشرق البحر..! - بقلم: حسن العاصي

10 كانون ثاني 2018   عكا..! - بقلم: شاكر فريد حسن

8 كانون ثاني 2011   "صحافة المواطن" نافذة للأشخاص ذوي الاعاقة - بقلم: صدقي موسى

10 تشرين ثاني 2010   رساله .. - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

3 تشرين ثاني 2010   شخبطة صحفية - بقلم: حسناء الرنتيسي

27 تشرين أول 2010   المدلل .. - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

21 تشرين أول 2010   فضفضة مواطنية - بقلم: حسناء الرنتيسي

4 اّذار 2012   الطقش

26 كانون ثاني 2012   امرأة في الجفتلك


English | الصفحة الرئيسية | كاريكاتير | صحف ومجلات | أخبار وتقارير | اّراء حرة | الإرشيف | صوتيات | صحفيون وكتاب | راسلنا

جميع الحقوق محفوظة © لشبكة  أمين الأعلامية 2018- 1996 
تصميم وتطوير شبكة أمين الأعلامية