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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ali Gharib, "Freezing out Hamas no longer viable, say policy heavyweights," IPS, March

A new report from a New York-based think tank and delivered to U.S. President Barack Obama by a signatory who is also a current adviser recommends that Washington forcefully reinsert itself into the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, calling for "a more pragmatic approach to Hamas."

Even by its title, the report from the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP) alludes to the urgency of U.S. involvement: "A Last Chance for a Two-State Israel-Palestine Agreement." [PDF, 17pp].

"[T]he next six to 12 months may well represent the last chance for a fair, viable and lasting solution," said the paper. "[I]t is essential that the incoming administration make Arab-Israeli peace a high national security priority from the beginning."

  The signatories go so far as to endorsing a NATO-led but internationally supplemented security force that could guarantee Israel’s safety.

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