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The Middle East Quartet’s New Report Misses the Point, by Elliott Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations via Daily Alert)

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July 5, 2016

  • The Middle East Quartet’s New Report Misses the Point – Elliott Abrams
    The Middle East Quartet – comprising the UN, Russia, the U.S. and the EU – was created in 2002 by Colin Powell and had managed to go for 14 years without issuing a report. (I was a participant from 2002 to 2008.) The report contains a powerful denunciation of terrorism, and a strong discussion of “incitement,” meaning the ways the Palestinian authorities glorify terror and the murder of Israelis.
    The main problem with this report is that it is all about what’s “hurting the peace process,” when in fact there is no peace process. There hasn’t been one since 2008, when PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The report continues an old pattern of equating morally the construction of a home and the murder of an Israeli civilian. The writer, a senior fellow at CFR, was a deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration. (Council on Foreign Relations)
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