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How the $8 Billion Lost in Iraq Could Have Brought Peace to the Middle East

In a recent post at the Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan asks his readers to, "Imagine what the $8 billion thrown into corrupt hands in Iraq could accomplish in Palestine." This morning, Christopher Tucker took up Sullivan's challenge in a Huffington Post piece:

"Sullivan is right to ask his readers to imagine what $8 billion could buy, and the Arc demonstrates what such an imaginative exercise can produce: a powerful and inspiring vision not only of the infrastructure for a successful Palestinian state, but of a new path to help reach the long-sought peace that must accompany it.

Read Tucker's full article here. Then, go to www.friendsofthearc.org to learn more about the Arc.



Foreign Affairs reviews the Arc

In a review of the Arc in Foreign Affairs, Carl Brown writes:

It offers a model of the most efficient settlement and transportation configuration for this small and densely populated land. It is one of those rare planning documents, enriched with comparative data and meaningful illustrations, that both instructs and persuades.

Read Carl Brown's review and decide for yourself. If you find yourself pursuaded, Join us, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or support our action at Change.org.


Arc coverage in the New York Times

Check out this feature article on the Arc published by the New York Times. Although its five years old now, the article serves as a powerful reminder that the Arc offers a compelling vision for a peaceful, prosperous, and secure Palestinian state. It was a good idea then, and its an even better idea now.

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Arc Update from Ramallah - An Interview on PRI's "The World"

Marco Werman, anchor of PRI's "The World", which is produced by the BBC, PRI, and WBGH Boston, interviews Doug Suisman about the Arc, about his recent trip to Ramallah, and about the prospects for moving the Arc towards implementation. You can listen here:  http://media.theworld.org/audio/070820106.mp3. You can also visit The World's website here: Planned rail would link West Bank and Gaza | PRI's The World


A New Conversation About Middle East Peace is Emerging

For good reason, the flotilla crisis in Gaza has dominated headlines in recent weeks. However, two recent articles published in Foreign Policy and Slate hit on an emerging theme that deserves attention as well – in the West Bank, leaders like Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are taking positive steps to build the foundations for a viable state.

As Hussein Ibish writes in FP, “Although the flotilla fiasco and international outrage concerning Gaza may be more dramatic, all parties have an interest in ensuring the success of the groundbreaking developments in the West Bank. International support and Israeli cooperation are essential for this project to realize its full potential. If that happens, the creation of a viable Palestinian state might attract more than a few newspaper headlines of its own soon enough.”

For too long, the Israel/Palestine debate has been dominated by the most extreme voices on either side. Now more than ever there is need to foster a new type of conversation led by the pragmatic voices that are determined to make peace work.