Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bring On The Intervention They Say

I sat in the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Jerusalem today for 90 minutes. I attended a workshop sponsored by the Truman Center of the Hebrew University and the Ford Foundation on "US Policy Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict".

In the chair was Prof. Tamar Liebes and we saw and heard, via video call from Washington, Dr. David Pollock of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

He basically said that the US Administration does not consider our conflict a priority any more.

Prof. Khalil Shikaki tried to prove that the parties, Israelis and local Arabs, davka desire US intervention along with Prof. Yaakov Shamir.

Dr. Samih al-Abd, a former PA minister and member of the PA negotiating team, decried the "occupation". Prof. Yaakov Bar-Siman-Tov announced that obviously there is no ripeness for intervention.

Of course, I didn't get a chance to pose a question but it would have gone like this:

"did you ask the participants if they had parameters to the US intervention, a frame beyond which they would reject intervention and if you had considered that too much intervention could spoil the whole project?"

Two pictures to prove I was there:

Close-up of Prof. Shikaki:

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