October 06, 2003

One Middle East Policy The

One Middle East Policy

The U.S. needs to make its policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more coherent and cohesive. Such stories depress me as they indicate the lack of a systemic, disciplined approach to Middle East policymaking.

The President must direct, from the top down, the specific policy direction on issues of significant import like the Israeli security fence. This type of story, if true, is unnacceptable:

"According to the sources, Israel reached an agreement on the fence with the White House, not the State Department, during a recent visit to Washington by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
chief of staff, Dov Weisglass, and the director-general of the Defense Ministry, Amos Yaron.

"The route that is to be built in the coming six months is not disputed by the Americans, and was spoken of in talks held between Weisglass, Yaron and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice," the sources said.

"Once these six months are over, there will be further talks between Israel and the Americans on the continued construction.

"On the one hand, therefore, Powell's stand is not surprising as he has always objected to the fence. On the other hand, he is probably unaware of the details of the agreement reached between Israel and the White House." [my emphasis]

This almost sounds like Henry Kissinger running roughshod over William Rogers.

Here's another depressing view of the state of U.S. peace processing efforts.

Posted by Gregory at October 6, 2003 10:17 AM
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