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Indyk Discusses Failure of Peace Attempts
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk took both Israel and the Palestinians to task this week, calling on Israel to re- order its settlement priorities, and leveling barely veiled criticism against the Palestinians for not grasping what was on the table at Camp David.

He cited the Palestinian rejection of former president Clinton's parameters for peace as the reason for its failure. The parameters proposed a settlement which would have given the Palestinians all of Gaza; which would have given them some 95 percent also of the West Bank, with a territorial swap to compensate for blocs of settlements that would be incorporated into Israel; and an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Indyk, speaking at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheva after receiving the Negev Award at its Board of Governors meeting, emphasized that it is important to state exactly what was being discussed, since he presumes the Palestinian leadership did not make its public aware of what was being offered, and what was consequently rejected.

The question the Bush administration is facing immediately is not what can be done to achieve an agreement, but what can we do to try to stop the fighting?

The United States can bid both sides to stop the fighting, but as this has been tried already and produced no results, it's clear that what's transpiring is not a traditional war.

Indyk likened this war to a feud--in which both sides seem to be engaged in a tit-for-tat approach. One act of violence produces another act of revenge. And so the cycle continues.

He concluded that the resolution will come about when one side or the other will decide that they have had enough of violence and bloodshed. "[Breaking this cycle] takes the will of leaders, and if the will to stop the violence isn't there, then there's not a lot that outside powers can do to prevent it."

Referring to the settlements, Indyk reminded the assembled of a previous suggestion he had made on one his numerous visits to Israel. Instead of expending efforts in settling the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Indyk had recommended shifting those efforts to settling the Negev.

Indyk admitted that the intensive efforts of the US to bring about a comprehensive peace had failed but according to him it was through no fault of theirs.

Indyk also questioned the wisdom of Sunday night's shelling of West Bank Palestinian Preventative Security service chief Jibril Rajoub's home in Ramallah.

Targeting those Palestinians like Rajoub, who would stop the violence, defeats the possibilities of peace. Indyk said, "Maybe the strategy is to encourage them to act against their own people, but I don't imagine that there is an example in history where such strategy has succeeded."


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