Meanwhile, In Palestine…
Hamas has staged a bloody takeover of the government and now has complete control.
A failure of the Bush Doctrine? Some are saying so…
After his reelection in 2004, Bush said he would use his “political capital” to help create a Palestinian state by the end of his second term. In his final 18 months as president, he faces the prospect of a shattered Palestinian Authority, a radical Islamic state on Israel’s border and increasingly dwindling options to turn the tide against Hamas and create a functioning Palestinian state.
“The two-state vision is dead. It really is,” said Edward G. Abington Jr., a former State Department official who was once an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas, whose bouts of vacillation have irritated U.S. officials, yesterday dissolved the Palestinian government in response to Hamas’s takeover of Gaza. U.S. officials signaled that they will move quickly to persuade an international peace monitoring group — known as the Quartet — to lift aid restrictions on the Palestinian government, allowing direct aid to flow to the West Bank-based emergency government that Abbas will lead.
But what’s the plan now? The US says that no official Hamas lead government exists now, but those are just words and the reality appears to be something far different. Still, they’re going to try and sidestep and hope it all works out…
The evolving U.S. strategy would let the Hamas-run Gaza Strip fend for itself while attempting to bolster Abbas as a moderate leader who can actually govern and deliver peace with Israel. The senior administration official noted that Gaza has no territorial issues with Israel, since there are no Israelis in Gaza, so the Hamas entity there would have no stake in potential peace talks concerning the border on the West Bank.
The Bush administration didn’t fail in delivering a two-state solution, because that solution has never existed in reality. The Palestinians don’t want it, and the elections made them take responsibility for that position publicly. The elections and Gaza withdrawal just made everyone take off the blinders — a move that Saeb Erekat rightly said has set back Palestinians more than 50 years.
So the solution is more of the same strategy? Hasn’t that created even more strife in the Middle East and distrust for us around the world? Come on people, let’s get some new ideas here.
In the meantime, take a look at this column from Bradley Burston about why we’re finding ourselves in the current situation.