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Is Obama’s Mideast Peace Platform Coming into Focus?

Haaretz is reporting that

Eight weeks before Barack Obama is sworn into office, signs have emerged over the weekend that point to what is turning out to be the new administration’s plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We read that:

Despite the attention being paid to Clinton, no less important is the move made two days ago by Scowcroft and the man who succeeded him in office as national security adviser to Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski. In an op-ed piece penned for the Washington Post, Scowcroft (whom John McCain considered naming as a special envoy to the Middle East) and Brzezinski (who was close to Obama during the initial stages of his candidacy for president) offered a kind of first draft of “The Obama Plan.”

The former NSA chiefs – who represent a wide, bipartisan consensus by dint of their service to Democratic and Republican presidents – praise President Bush’s peace efforts over the last year and call upon Obama to lend “priority attention” to the Israeli-Arab peace process. Even though they do not name names, one can clearly notice an effort to influence on the election results in Israel so as to favor moderate candidates – Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak – over Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • The crux of their plan to solve the conflict centers on four principles which they believe Obama ought to adopt and publicly declare as policy:
  • An Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, with slight alterations that are to be mutually agreed upon.
  • Compensation for Palestinian refugees in lieu of exercising the right of return to pre-1948 Israel.
  • Jerusalem as a “real home” to two capitals.
  • A demilitarized Palestinian state.

Very interesting conversations going on!

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