At a time of historic change in the Middle East, the U.S. should develop a more proactive approach on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian writes in a recent op-ed in the Jerusalem Post.
"Strong and sustained U.S. engagement with the president's full backing would be essential to advance comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace, but only through diplomacy that also shapes the environment on the ground," Djerejian writes. "The goal would be a two state solution -- considered by most observers as the preferred resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- with a democratic Jewish state and an independent and sovereign Palestinian state living in peace and security next to one another. The alternatives are continuing stalemate, occupation and conflict, or a one-state solution where the Jewish population becomes the minority as a result of current demographic trends."
The ambassador goes on to outline a possible diplomatic framework to initiate and sustain effective negotiations, should president and his national security team decide to get engaged.
- Read "Why US engagement in Israeli-Palestinian peace is needed," in the March 20, 2013, Jerusalem Post.
- Download a special Baker Institute report on the issue, "Re-engaging the Israelis and the Palestinians: Why an American Role in Initiating Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations is Necessary and How It Can Be Accomplished," published March 2013.
- The 2013 report builds on the Baker Institute's 2010 special report, "Getting to the Territorial Endgame of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement."