By Alan Simons
NOVEMBER 22, 2008- In an article published on June 6 of this year, jewishinfonews wrote that if one was to ask what American Jews think about Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security advisor who served under President Carter, you’ll receive a multitude of comments of which the vast majority aren’t particularly favourable. These comments can perhaps best be summed up in one sentence: “He’s no friend of Israel.”
Jewishinfonews pointed out at the time that, “Brzezinski is one in a list of advisors that joined the Obama campaign. David Bonior is another member of Obama’s team. As a Congressman, Bonior was known for his strong opposition to pro-Israel policies, being called by some “the biggest supporter of the anti-Israel Arab lobby in Congress.” (Jonathan Tobin, Jewish World Review,7/12/99).
General Tony McPeak is also part of Obama’s team, and Robert Malley, who according to Daniel Pipes, is a sympathizer of the PLO, recently had to resign ‘after it was emerged that he was talking to Hamas.’ Malley is the Director of the Middle East/North Africa Program at the International Crisis Group (ICG). Brzezinski, sits as a member on ICGs Board.
The four principal elements
In a statement published in this Friday’s Washington Post, Dr. Brzezinski and Mr. Brent Scowcroft, a national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, said they believe that when president-elect Obama “takes office in two months, he will find a number of difficult foreign policy issues competing for his attention, each with strong advocates among his advisers. We believe that the Arab-Israeli peace process is one issue that requires priority attention.”
“The major elements of an agreement are well known. A key element in any new initiative would be for the U.S. president to declare publicly what, in the view of this country, the basic parameters of a fair and enduring peace ought to be. These should contain four principal elements:
1967 borders, with minor, reciprocal and agreed-upon modifications;
Compensation in lieu of the right of return for Palestinian refugees;
Jerusalem as real home to two capitals;
A nonmilitarized Palestinian state.
Something more might be needed to deal with Israeli security concerns about turning over territory to a Palestinian government incapable of securing Israel against terrorist activity. That could be dealt with by deploying an international peacekeeping force, such as one from NATO, which could not only replace Israeli security but train Palestinian troops to become effective.”
Brzezinski and Scowcroft emphasized that the president must speak “out clearly and forcefully about the fundamental principles of the peace process; he also must press the case with steady determination. That initiative should then be followed – not preceded – by the appointment of a high-level dignitary to pursue the process on the president’s behalf, a process based on the enunciated presidential guidelines. Such a presidential initiative should instantly galvanize support, both domestic and international, and provide great encouragement to the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.”
Any bets as to who they have in mind for the position of this ‘high-level dignitary?’
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