The following post appeared as a letter to the editor from Harry C. Blaney in the Washington Post on July 12, 2013.
The July 8 editorial “Pursuing a narrow peace” was too narrow. Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s diplomatic efforts are the best strategy for addressing the complex chaos in the Middle East. There is nothing “narrow” about trying, after all these decades, to achieve a better outcome than the inevitable conflict and danger to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority from unending confrontation.
Furthermore, it is wrong to think that Mr. Kerry has neglected the Syrian and Egyptian crises, which are interconnected with the peace process. There is much more going on diplomatically than is credited. It is an effort that is also related to a wide grouping of Arab states that must be part of any long-term peace in the region.
President Obama, Mr. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel realize the significance of the peace process and the centrality of the two-state solution, without which there will be no peace for anyone. The proffered “economic” prize for all sides shows how serious this effort is.
In sum, the Obama administration clearly sees a wide range of solutions and challenges in the region, and it is The Post that seems to be looking through a narrow and, frankly, too negative lens.
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