Israeli and the U.S. only want to address the “quality-of-life” issues facing the 5 million Palestinians living under occupation without working to remove the cause of those issues.
For Daoud Kuttab's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Leadership from global players like France and Germany is essential to strengthen the Palestinian negotiating position and push Israel toward a fair peace agreement.
Under President-elect Joe Biden, the Palestinian leadership is looking forward to getting back to the negotiating table.
UAE leaders argue that engagement with Israel will improve the chances of achieving an acceptable peace settlement and ending the occupation in Palestinian claimed lands.
The U.S. president's peace plan is a shameless ploy to violate international law, Palestinian human rights and basic principles of fairness.
Israelis are being given choice between war and more war, between occupation and more occupation, even if the candidates avoid using those terms.
Successful negotiations will require a nuanced approach that respects the sensibilities and aspirations of the Palestinian people.
Attempting to ram a solution down Palestinians' throats will only increase the likelihood of even more violence.
The two-state solution is dead, and Israel's acknowledgement of this will reinvigorate the struggle for Palestinian political rights in a single state.
Hopes that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will deal fairly with the Middle East are likely misplaced.