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U.S. support of the Arc could be a game-changer for Middle East peace talks

Last week’s announcement that the U.S. will host a new round of Middle East peace talks raises hopes that a negotiated settlement between Israelis and Palestinians will be reached in the next twelve months. However, as Stephen Walt and others argue, any new hope should be tempered with caution and skepticism. Many of the same issues that hampered talks in the past – settlements, the right of return for refugees, borders, East Jerusalem – are more difficult and complex than ever.
Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” For this round of talks to actually deliver, some paradigm-changing creativity will be needed. A joint commitment by the Middle East Quartet members – U.S., EU, Russia, and the UN – to fund the Arc and work with Palestinian partners on its implementation, could play the role of game-changer. By giving early support to President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad’s efforts at building the foundations of a viable Palestinian state, political space could be created for compromise on other difficult issues.
Christopher Tucker recently reminded us in the Huffington Post that President Obama has called, in his Cairo speech and elsewhere, for out-of-the-box thinking on the question of Middle East peace. While his decision to take a risk and host talks is commendable, its now time for the President to think outside-of-the-box and take action that makes achieving a different result possible.
Learn more about the Arc at www.friendsofthearc.org

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