The UN and world community is clearly growing tired of the United States’ inability to broker a lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. While this Haaretz article is a few months old, it is all the more relevant given the shameful performance of Benjamin Netanyahu at the AIPAC Conference and in front of Congress.
Britain, France and Germany want the United Nations and the European Union to propose the outlines of a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state, UN diplomats said.
The three European countries, all members of the UN Security Council, are pressing for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union to propose a settlement text at a meeting in mid-April of the Quartet of Mideast mediators, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks are taking place in private.
Putting the job in the hands of the EU and the UN would sideline the United States, Israel’s closest ally which has tried unsuccessfully for months to get face-to-face negotiations going, as well as Russia, an ally of the Palestinians.
The big question mark is whether the United States would allow the Europeans and UN to take the lead in trying to resolve the standoff, and that is likely to depend on whether the Israelis give a green light, the diplomats said….
It’s pretty clear that the U.S. can’t be an honest broker. In fact, it’s the expectation of the Israel Lobby, Congress and many in the Jewish community that the U.S. not be an honest broker.