The Quartet of U.S., Russia, EU, and UN condemned Israel’s announcement that a housing plan in northwestern Jerusalem is moving to another phase in its approval. The Quartet threatened to take non-specified steps against it.
The Quartet also demanded that the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) gain sovereignty within two years.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Lieberman replied, “Peace cannot be artificially imposed with an unrealistic timetable. These types of statements only distance the achievement of a true settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, and give the Palestinians a false impression they can drag their feet.”
After Israel retaliated against rocket fire from Gaza by destroying arms smuggling tunnels and a weapons factory, the Quartet stated that it “…condemns yesterday’s rocket fire from Gaza and calls for the immediate end to violence and terror and for calm to be respected.” (Jay Solomon, Wall St. J., 3/20, A8.)
Timetables have failed before. They give an advantage to the side that can wait them out. Notice that the Quartet does not war about steps to press the Arab side to move toward peace. Nobody does. But they all pretend that some housing by Jews is the great obstacle to peace.
Timetables may be imposed, but since the P.A. does reform its religious bigotry, indoctrination in hatred, doctrine of conquering Israel, and support for terrorism, the imposed timetable would not bring peace. Indeed, what the Quartet is engaging in more accurately should be called a war process.
One should ask why the Quartet craves statehood for the P.A., when the P.A. obviously seeks conquest.
(For status of neighborhood Quartet is referring to, click here