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Congressional Testimony

Israel, the Palestinians, and the Administration's Peace Plan

Ghaith al-Omari

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House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

February 14, 2018

A former PA advisor discusses the concrete steps Washington can take to preserve security cooperation and build public trust between the two sides, at least until deeper negotiations are possible again.

In recent weeks, the Middle East peace process has witnessed a number of rapid developments. Yet in the absence of a framework and sense of direction, much of this energy has been wasted or even negative. Current political realities in the Palestinian Authority and Israel make it difficult to envisage a peace plan that will meet the minimum needed by both parties to reengage in negotiations, and presenting a plan with a high likelihood of failure could trigger sharp deterioration. Instead, the United States should develop more modest objectives for the immediate term and engage Arab and European partners to build a wide U.S.-led coalition capable of navigating the current crisis. Most important, the United States can support security, economic, and governance improvements on the ground...

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