Memo to the President: Renew Diplomacy in the Middle East (Brookings Institution)

De internationaal hoogst aangeschreven onafhankelijke Amerikanse denk-tank adviseert president Obama een alomvattende lange-termijn aanpak van de verschillende, maar samenhangende, problemen in het Midden-Oosten.
Het zijn zinnige adviezen die afwijken van het desastreuze beleid van Bush, maar zij schieten te kort wat betreft het oplossen van het conflict tussen Israel en de Palestijnen. Ook hier doet de invloed van de machtige zionistische ‘Israel lobby’ zich voelen.

Peace in the Middle East remains an elusive goal and an expanding arc of Iranian influence has empowered extremists throughout the Middle East.

You will inherit a Middle East in turmoil, roiled by multiple crises that will require your Administration’s immediate and prolonged attention. You will need to address the crisis in Gaza, drawdown troops in Iraq, and launch new initiatives to deal with Iran’s nuclear program and help resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the Middle East’s problems did not arise recently, nor will they be solved quickly, because of serious underlying problems:..

Only by helping the region resolve these problems can we eliminate the threats it poses to the United States—terrorism and endemic instability that jeopardize global energy supplies and regularly ensnare the United States and the other great powers. A process of long-term reform has begun in many parts of the region, and you have an opportunity to lend it critical support by recognizing that:..

In short, your Administration will need to adopt a long-term, comprehensive strategy toward the region’s many threats…

During the campaign you promised to renew America’s security and standing in the world through a new era of American leadership: rebuilding diplomacy to support strong alliances, ending the war in Iraq responsibly, finishing the fight against the Taliban and Al Qa’eda in Afghanistan, and seeking a lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You stated that America’s first and incontrovertible commitment in the Middle East must be to the security of Israel, and you committed your Administration to direct diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. These can be the building blocks of success in the Middle East, if they are fitted into an integrated approach focused on long-term goals; short-term policies should support, not undermine, these eventual aims.

Further Recommendations What is needed in the Middle East is a return to intensive, creative diplomacy. Launching three diplomatic initiatives simultaneously, while preventing Iraq and Afghanistan from descending into chaos, is a tall order, but may avoid having the Middle East force its way onto your agenda in even more problematic ways and will leave you with more support at home and abroad for necessary alternatives should your efforts fail…

Memo to the President: Renew Diplomacy in the Middle East (Brookings Institution)

..Some might argue that these efforts are not worth it, that the Bush administration paid too much attention to and invested too much American blood and treasure in an ill-advised attempt to transform the Middle East and that the Obama administration should focus its attention at home or elsewhere abroad. But such arguments underestimate the Middle East’s ability to force itself onto the U.S. president’s agenda regardless of other plans. Put simply, what happens in the Middle East will not stay in the Middle East. From terrorism to nuclear proliferation to energy security, managing contemporary global challenges requires managing the Middle East…

Beyond Iraq -A New U.S. Strategy for the Middle East (Richard N. Haass and Martin Indyk / Foreign Affairs

Obama’s Envoys to Nowhere (By Anatol Lieven, New America Foundation/The National Interest Online)

After Gaza: Israel’s last chance (Prof. Paul Rogers in openDemocracy)

‘Settlement expansion has been the conscious policy of every Israeli government since 1967’

De macht van de zionistische ‘Israel lobby’ over Bush en Congres

Muslim world reacts positively to Obama’s outreach, and expectations have been raised (By WARREN P. STROBEL McClatchy Newspapers)

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2 thoughts on “Memo to the President: Renew Diplomacy in the Middle East (Brookings Institution)

  1. Bemiddeling veronderstelt het vermogen onredelijke partners aan banden te leggen. Maar wie met een joods moralistenmutsje plaats neemt voor een muur die de komst van een machtige, onredelijke en onrechtvaardige Messias symboliseert – eentje die alle vijanden van de joodse staat radicaal zal verpulveren – die heeft geen recht van spreken meer.
    Een moderne democraat wijst vals Messianisme af – ook wanneer dat valse, onredelijke Messianisme ‘joods’ is.
    Ik verwijs nog eens naar een interview met Edwin M. Wright (3-4-1977) dat te vinden is op de site van de http://www.trumanlibrary.org/oralhist/wright.htm:
    Zionists and Christian Fundamentalists have frequently used the Hebrew Bible as an authority for justifying a Jewish State. As late as summer 1976, Candidate Jimmie Carter stated,
    "I am pro-Israeli, not because of political expediency, but because I believe Israel is the fulfilment of Biblical prophecy."
    So the Bible–and belief that it is God’s Holy Word and infallible, became a useful tool in Zionist propaganda. I take the point of view that the Bible is a mixture of Hebrew legends and myths and cannot be used as an element in U.S. foreign policy. ..
    The Zionists were very successful in using religion for political purposes. This is prohibited by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which states the Government should recognize no "religous establishment." In the case of Zionism and Israel, the U.S. has recognized and supported a religious establishment–viz: the State of Israel which in turn discriminates against all non-Jewish religions.Reactie is geredigeerd

  2. @Wim Duzijn,
    Wat is volgens jou het verschil tussen Zionisme en Patriotisme? Jij houdt van Nederland, ik hou van Israel. Jij vind dat Nederland veilig moet blijven, ik vind dat Israel veilig moet blijven. Jij vind dat Nederland Nederlands moet blijven, ik vind dat Israel veilig moet zijn. Jij vind dat Nederlands grondgebied in Nederlandse handen moet blijven, ik vind dat Israelisch grondgebied in Israelische handen moet blijven.
    Jij bent een Nederlandse patriot, ik ben een Zionist.
    Het Zionisme is over de jaren door velen over de wereld vertaald als een of ander heel groot ideaal, wat van alles in zou houden waar geen Zionist ooit over gehoord heeft. Zionisme is niet veel anders dan Israelische patriotisme. Het mag een vies woord zijn in de ogen van velen, maar weinigen daarvan bekijken het anders als het over hun eigen land gaat.

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