Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Quartet's Continued Path to Irrelevance

Shawan Jabarin, the General Director of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, writes a devastating critique of the absurdity and irrelevancy of the Quartet and the role the United States plays within it in today's  Foreign Policy.

The Obama Administration would do itself a huge favor if it listened to the advice of people like Shawan instead of abysmal failures like Israel-firster Dennis Ross who somehow still has the President's ear even after resigning his position after yet another stellar go at managing the "peace process."

(L-R) Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair,
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-Moon, Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov, and EU representative Catherine
Ashton. Photo: Chris Hondros / Getty Images
Shawan observes: "The Quartet mission, as currently conceived, represents the latest embodiment of the existing political mechanism that has perpetuated the conflict and granted extended license to Israel's violations. While it did succeed in securing U.S. involvement in the peace process, this involvement developed to the point that theirs was the single most definitive voice, draining legitimacy from the other participants. At present, therefore, there is precious little to be gained from Palestinian engagement with the Quartet. Similarly, any argument for continued participation in the latest bout of negotiations is quickly fading given Israel's insistence on settlement expansion and the creation of more facts on the ground. As one commentator has noted, the Quartet, much like the peace process itself, is obsolete, aimless, and without any viable strategic purpose -- and it has been reduced to calling for gestures of goodwill."

You can read the entire article and comment on it here.