The Facts: “Those who are writing off the administration's peace efforts, friend and foe alike, are being premature in the extreme. This is a benefit of starting on day one--you can acknowledge the need for a course correction in month ten. In fact, it is not the new approach of the Obama administration that has failed, but rather, this is a moment of clarity regarding the bankruptcy of the old approach that has guided policy for over a decade and that the Obama team had inherited and embraced.
"As Rob Malley and others have argued, what is needed now is a review (as has been conducted in other foreign policy areas) and a testing and likely abandonment of many of the prevailing policy assumptions. These might include
 the notion that one can incrementally build confidence between the sides when the prevailing reality is one of occupation,
 that bilateral negotiations between representatives of an occupied people and the occupying party can deliver de-occupation,
 that Palestinian political division should be encouraged (not overcome),
 or that proven self governance capacity under occupation is a precondition for freedom and independence.
"If the goal still is Israel's security, recognition, and a guaranteed future as a democracy and a Jewish national home, alongside a secure, viable, and post-occupation Palestine and advancing America's national interest, and this should be the goal, then a new path is needed for reaching that destination. It will certainly require more international and U.S. lifting.
"The Obama team is perfectly capable of charting a course from a bad week to a game-changing success, but more of the same won't get them there."
Daniel Levy, "On US Middle East Policy and Amateurism," The Washington Note
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