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Peace-making without Mediators

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By Nicola Nasser**

 

A surplus of mediators have been around all the time, including the heavy weight Quartet of the UN, U.S., EU and Russia, as well as heaps of terms of reference of UNSC resolutions, bilateral signed accords and "roadmaps," in addition to marathon bilateral talks that have left no stone unearthed, international as well as regional conferences were never on demand to facilitate the "peace process," which has been lavishly financed to keep moving.

 

However the Palestinian -- Israeli peace-making is still elusive as ever as Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" has been, without a glimpse of light at the end of the endless tunnel of Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territory and people.

 

Palestinian -- Israeli peace-making has been for all practical reasons on hold since 2000, and bilateral peace contacts have been dormant since Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu came to power in 2009 except for a failed five-round "exploratory" talks hosted by Jordan last January.

 

The latest indirect exchange of letters between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and PM Netanyahu and the joint statement issued by their corriers pledging mutual commitment to peace are no less misleading: "No peace No War" is still the name of the only game in town, which is in fact the ideal prescription for the implosion or explosion of an unsustainable status quo in the Israeli -- occupied Palestinian territories.

 

And the almost twenty-year old U.S.-led and EU-financed "peace process" is still a non-starter for any feasible, credible or sustainable peace-making in any foreseeable future.

 

Failure of the "peace process" to deliver is proof enough that it is inherently infertile, but most importantly it is proof enough that there has never been any serious mediation, or the mediators themselves were only either managing a process instead of trying to solve a conflict, were unqualified, or the parameters of their approach were the wrong ones.

 

The end result however is that all mediators have failed and it is the time to acknowledge their failure and to make room for other options, like sending back the file of the Palestinian -- Israeli conflict to the United Nations, which was responsible for creating the conflict in the first place when the UN General Assembly adopted the non-binding resolution No. 181 for partitioning Palestine in 1947, which triggered a series of Arab -- Israeli wars, thus undermining its own main mission as the organization created for the sole purpose of maintaining world peace.

 

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*Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist in Kuwait, Jordan, UAE and Palestine. He is based in Ramallah, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
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