Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rx: Benign Neglect

The New York Times' Tom Friedman writes about the U.S. efforts to prod the Israelis and Palestinians into serious negotiations about a two-state solution. He says:
You can’t want peace more than the parties themselves, and that is exactly where America is today. The people running Israel and Palestine have other priorities. It is time we left them alone to pursue them — and to live with the consequences.
The whole column is good. Basically Friedman says both parties have such difficulties with their internal politics that they cannot negotiate a two-state solution.

I have felt for a long time that the U.S. should stop trying to solve Middle East problems; yet every president gets drawn into the same mess. I never expected to hear anybody in our foreign policy establishment voice this opinion.