Today's call on Palestine’s future: interim arrangements instead of comprehensive peace

Tamar Hermann

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Regrettably, the distinct issues of a comprehensive Middle East peace and Palestinian statehood have converged in the diplomatic, media and public
discourses. This linkage reflects conventional thinking, which should be reconsidered in light of the expected affirmation of the Palestinian declaration
of independence at the UN in September 2011.
The two issues are indeed interconnected; however, at present it would be better if they were not operatively linked. Today, a return to comprehensive peace talks is doomed because (1) peace is not the top priority of any national, regional or international body; and (2) the sides have no confidence in each other. On the other hand, if followed by bilateral interim arrangements, Palestinian independence may help to avoid a new frustrationaggression cycle and serve as a game changer that will open the door to peace negotiations later. The international community should therefore change its call and encourage and support interim understandings. Comprehensive peace negotiations should wait for better days.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNorwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF)
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationOslo
StatePublished - Sep 2011


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