Ahead of the Curve: Roadmap Revival?

The way forward is to concentrate on solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which, because the many problems of the region are so interlinked, can create, in turn, momentum for dealing with the other regional disputes that feed it.

Issue: Nov-Dec 2006

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem on Monday in the wake of the Mecca accord and the formation of a Palestinian unity government. Is progress possible?

Writing in the February 15 Financial Times (full text available here), National Interest editor Nikolas Gvosdev and TNI contributing editor Ray Takeyh argued:

The Mecca accords between Fatah and Hamas did nothing to advance the peace process. Meanwhile, Cairo is not willing or even capable of imposing a solution on the Palestinian government barring significant territorial concessions from Israel. . . .

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