Matthew RJ Brodsky
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Is the Two-State Solution at Risk Because of Israeli Settlements?
A Comprehensive Response, Part VI

January 19, 2017  •  The Huffington Post

After eight years, it's not surprising that the world has become familiar with the Obama administration's mantra: Israeli settlements in the West Bank are the greatest obstacle to peace. In their approach to the issue, the unique innovation was in both form and substance. Reality, however, was quite different from the picture they painted. There is no fact-based reason to believe the two-state solution is dying as a result of Israeli construction, housing permits, or outward settlement expansion. The U.S. abstention at the UN wasn't motivated by "grave concerns" for the peace process where they could not, "in good conscience" veto the resolution. Nor did they have an intervention with Israel out of love; there was no moral and ethical imperative to save Israel from itself. The lack of progress in the peace process stems from President Obama's original sin, which was making a thorny side-issue the centerpiece of his approach.

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How Obama Confused Tactics for Strategy on Israeli Settlements
A Comprehensive Response, Part V

January 18, 2017  •  The Huffington Post

From the outset, Obama confused tactics for strategy believing that the key to brokering a peace agreement required leveling the playing field that he felt favored the Israelis. He further believed that the way to accomplish this was by calling for an Israeli settlement freeze as a precondition to negotiate. In doing so, he disregarded a key presidential commitment to Israel and set himself on a collision course with Netanyahu. Whereas he began with a problem in how he conceptualized the issue, he further compounded it by refusing to change tactics once that approach failed operationally. The result is the current eight-year impasse of Obama's own making.

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4 Principles for the Paris Peace Conference
A Comprehensive Response, Part IV

January 14, 2017  •  The Huffington Post

As some 70 nations are set to attend the January 15 Paris Peace Conference, two participants will be conspicuously absent: the Palestinians and Israelis—the two principals in the conflict whose future the gathering hopes to address. There are many reasons a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum remains elusive. A lack of conferences and outside resolutions is not one of them. While the conference will likely produce nothing of a positive lasting value, there are four key principles that the participants would do well to remember if they want to make a positive contribution toward ending the conflict.

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Obama Denies U.S. Was Behind the Anti-Israel UN Resolution – So What Happened?
A Comprehensive Response, Part III

January 9, 2017  •  The Huffington Post

The fallout over the Obama administration's decision to allow an anti-Israel resolution to pass in the United Nations Security Council continues to reverberate. President Obama dismissed the notion that the move constituted a betrayal of Israel in an interview on Israeli Channel 2 TV. However, given the weight of the evidence already available in the public domain, it is pretty clear that the U.S. was behind the resolution, at least providing strict parameters for what they'd allow to pass. They applied pressure on UN Security Council members to vote unanimously in favor of the resolution. And they stuck to a timeline to follow up on the action during Obama's last days in office.

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A Bipartisan Push to Undo Obama's UN Resolution?
A Comprehensive Response, Part II

January 5, 2017  •  The Huffington Post

While Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the recent passing of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2334 as a "moral victory" over Israel, reaction from U.S. congressional leaders, regardless of their political stripe, has been harsh and well earned. That is because it will do major damage to an American ally while giving Palestinians an excuse to avoid direct negotiations. It also gives undo credence to their efforts to internationalize their grievances and avoid making the necessary compromises that could lead to statehood. Enabling the bad behavior and poor choices of the Palestinians, while singling out Israel for condemnation, is not a helpful strategy to achieve peace.

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