Kerry’s plan… lessons from failure

تم نشره في Sun 13 April / Apr 2014. 06:12 PM - آخر تعديل في Sun 13 April / Apr 2014. 06:13 PM

By Fahed Khitan

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations room desperate and frustrated, and left the work for the aides to salvage as much as possible of the peace process from collapsing.

But the long hours did not yield anything. The US sponsor did not announce the death of the negotiations, but the Palestinian and Israeli sides began the burial process; the Palestinian Authority (PA) decided and joined the Geneva Convention hoping to prosecute Israel as an occupation. The Netanyahu government returned to the old financial siege played on the Palestinians, cutting off communications with the PA’s officials.

So here we are at the zero point again. Months of high hopes that Kerry broadcast into the region have virtually vanished. Still, many of the politicians and diplomats resist the failure, and see in what happened a temporary halt to a process that will quickly return after a few weeks.

Kerry, who has promised a comprehensive assessment of the efforts of the U.S. administration in this issue, was content with only a press statement that largely held Israel responsible for the failure, for refusing to release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners. At the same time, he held against the Palestinians joining the international treaties.

This scenario is not new and the region has experienced it many times before. Maybe Kerry was serious and committed more than his predecessors, but in all cases the result is the same.

We have wasted so much energy in a fight over a project that’s end was well-known, and we lost a lot of our national unity and our confidence in each other for ideas that did not materialize — so much so that one almost does not believe how naive we are.

All parties bear responsibility for it; the diplomats that raised the ceiling of expectations, the US mystery which reinforced doubts, the political elites that exaggerated the risk, the long history of mistrust of Palestinian negotiator, and the permanent suspicion of the official Jordanian role in the peace process.

In the eyes of those who bet on the revival of Kerry’s efforts, this may not be a good time to draw lessons from the failed attempt. But, let's say that the negotiations have reached a stage where we can review two essential points, which we dealt with as facts during the last period.

Firstly: the PA is ready to overcook the fundamentals of the Palestinian cause, and to conclude a deal with Israel at the expense of the rights of the Palestinian people. The last nine months have proved the inaccuracy of this hypothesis; the PA has withstood the pressure and did not accept major compromises. This is a fact, whether you are a fan of President Mahmoud Abba, or opponents of his approach — the man did not compromise, regardless of the size of the pressures exerted by the different parties.

Secondly, which is our as Jordanians, it is time to stop panicking with every attempt to resolve the Palestinian issue. We should benefit from the lessons of the long conflict with Israel, and renew our belief that a solution that is neither fair nor comprehensive will not succeed.

No one could bypass the fundamental interests of the Jordanians and Palestinians, even people inside the negotiations room or on the table itself.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.