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The Arab-Israeli conflict remains a festering problem that threatens U.S. national security; American foreign policy interests in the Middle East; and the reputation of the US founding principles.  The Quartet's "road map," like the Oslo peace process before it, has been derailed by continued Israeli land grabs and machinations in the US political system.  But the Bush administration has concluded correctly that Israeli occupation is part of the problem, not part of the solution.  As long as Israel exerts control over Palestinian lands, it, and the United States, will be targets of retaliatory terrorist attacks by "stakeholders" sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians.  The Quartet's call for the Israelis to withdrawal from ill-gotten territories and allow the Palestinian leadership to flourish is a great improvement over the AIPAC dictates of violence and ethnic cleansing via "separation fence."


  • The United States should remain steadfast to the principles outlined by our founding father, George Washington.  "" likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions, by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluged citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation..."  
  • The United States should balance the Israeli lobby and interest groups running amok in the US Congress through a partnership with Quartet members.  By realizing it is no longer perceived to be an "honest broker" in the process, the US should get alongside nations that can be more objective about the problem.
  • The chief motivation of suicide terrorism is the effort by a population to free themselves of occupation. Washington must cut off "charitable" funding laundered from the US to illegal West Bank settlers who enforce boundaries with bullets and fuel the flames of terror retaliation that can reach the American homeland as well as Tel Aviv.

Talking Points

  • The Palestinians have suffered Israeli state terrorism, and violence at the hand of Israeli-American terrorists such as Baruch Goldstein.  Blaming the victim is no longer credible in a conflict taking four times as many Palestinian lives as Israeli.
  • Palestinian government will not take further risks for peace unless the Israelis comply with their commitments to halt colonization, land grabs, and ethnic cleansing. Ariel Sharon, who made a career of ethnic cleansing as the advocate of the Settler Movement, has repeatedly demonstrated that he and his Likud Party cannot be trusted.
  • The unilateral border that Israel is building with an East Berlin style metal and concrete wall to seize aquifers and retain settlements the world recognizes as illegal, is a symbol of the attitude that recognizes no UN resolution, International Court of Law judgement, or appeal for common decency from afflicted populations. It must be dismantled as a step toward taking responsibility and showing respect for rule of law.
  • IAEA head and Noble Peace Prize winner Mohammed el Baradei stressed the importance of developing a WMD free Middle East at the UN in December of 2003.   ''I am not happy with the status quo because I see a lot of frustration in the Middle East due to Israel sitting on nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons capability, while others in the Middle East are committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).''  Israeli nuclear weapons drive the desire for other regional powers to counterbalance them with their own 2nd strike capability.

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