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May242010

What Do We Hope to Accomplish?

The Arc isn't about substituting infrastructure and economic development for hard political negotiations. It’s just that currently none of the relevant political powers has the wiggle room from its constituents to negotiate seriously, and the Arc could give them that. It creates 160,000 productive jobs for five years (at a cost of what the international community is currently spending on aid to Palestine), but, more importantly, it gives people a tangible vision of a functioning state (watch the thirty minute video here, and check out the 100, 300 and 900 day plans here). This vision could catalyze an upward spiral of hope and confidence so politicians could make the necessary concessions.

Without some confidence-inspiring, paradigm-changing event (like President Obama embracing the Arc as the American plan for achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace), there will only be continuing violence and a grinding down of Israel and Palestine, until they both are very dangerous and unpleasant places to raise children.

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