Can Putin’s Palestine peace plan succeed?

01/10/2016 (Al Arabiya News by Azeem Ibrahim*): How far will Putin go to annoy the US? News is now emerging that Russia wants to start its own peace process in the Israel-Palestine conflict and Vladimir Putin is making the initial manoeuvres to test the waters with both Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu via their common friend, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. What is interesting about this is that Russia cannot possibly think that they can succeed where eight years of diplomacy by the Obama administration has failed. Israel holds most, if not all of the cards. It is militarily supreme in its region, and it is underwritten with a blank cheque by the US Congress. They do not have to do anything they do not want to do – not even when the US president is pressuring them. Let alone Russia. The fundamental problem for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that both sides see negotiations as a zero-sum game…

*Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Policy, Fellow at Mansfield College, University of Oxford and Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College.




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