"What can you tell" an audience "that they haven't already heard" at yet "another conference on the Arab-Israeli conflict?" asked Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) Board Chairman Omar Kader at a recent Washington, DC, panel. About fifty attendees, who enjoyed coffee, juice, and pastries at the Phoenix Park Hotel, encountered typical anti-Israeli animus and sterile discussion of a "peace process" stillborn amidst abiding Palestinian hatred for Israel.
Former ambassador and Princeton University professor of Middle Eastern policy studies Daniel C. Kurtzer advocated an uninspiring "process that keeps the process going" for largely hopeless Israeli-Palestinian negotiations so that "situations on the ground" do not "fester." . . . He praised Secretary of State John Kerry's "brilliant diplomacy" and the 1991 Madrid Conference leading to the dead-end Oslo Accords, which he labeled a "critical breakthrough in the Middle East," further illustrating his disconnect from an all-too violent reality.
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