The diplomatic body known as the Middle East “Quartet”–the U.S., UN, EU and Russia–is a fraud that “has done more harm than good,” the International Crisis Group argues in a bracing new report on the stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace process, entitled “The Emperor has no clothes: Palestinians and the end of the peace process.”
“Palestinian recourse to the UN is a symptom, at base, of international failure to lead and provide effective mediation,” the ICG report says. “The body responsible for doing so, the Quartet, has delivered precious little since its 2002 inception; by creating an international forum [that favors] … a mushy, lowest-common-denominator consensus, it arguably has done more harm than good.”
“The inescapable truth, almost two decades into the peace process, is that all actors are now engaged in a game of make-believe,” it continues.
“The first step in breaking what has become an injurious addiction to a futile process is to recognise that it is so – to acknowledge, at long last, that the emperor has no clothes.”
Full report (.pdf) here.
ICG, of course, isn’t the first to conclude the negotiating body hopelessly broken. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, for one, put it only slightly more obliquely last summer. Continue reading