Yesterday Bernard Avishai, the widely respected scholar and author of The Hebrew Republic, called upon Secretary of State Kerry to get behind the Arc as a way to inject optimism into forthcoming peace negotiations.
Support for entrepreneurship has to be matched by a large public construction project that would facilitate commerce in general. Now would be the ideal time for Kerry to get behind building Palestine's transportation corridor, along the lines of what Rand Corporation proposed with its ARC project. An announcement of this kind, which stitches Palestinian hubs together with trains and buses, would be electrifying. American diplomacy is promising two-states that are a prelude to justice and economic growth. Palestinian and Israeli centrists are both thinking, "Show me, don't tell me."
We couldn't agree with Avishai more. After rounds and rounds of negotiations that lead only to more frustration and hardened divides, its time to shake things up and "show" as well as "tell". Avashai's full essay, which provides a thorough analysis of the current context for talks, can be read here.