Toward a New Paradigm for Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- David Makovsky, Dennis Ross
- Content Type
- Commentary and Analysis
- The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
- Like many of his predecessors, President Trump has come to office pledging to solve the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In this paper, two veteran U.S. peace negotiators point out the repeated failure of past efforts to reach "all-or-nothing" solutions to this conflict, urge the president not to seek a comprehensive settlement, and instead recommend an approach based on reaching an understanding with Israel on steps that could, preserve the potential for a two-state outcome in the future; blunt the delegitimization movement against Israel; and
give the administration leverage to use with the Palestinians, other Arabs, and Europeans.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has faded in significance in the Middle East against the backdrop of the conflict in Syria, the rise of ISIS, and the regionwide clash of Sunni and Shiite powers. Both the likelihood for a return to the negotiating table and the prospects for a two-state solution are growing dim.
- International Relations, International Security, International Affairs
- Political Geography
- Israel, Palestine