Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"Newly-elected Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas faces two major challenges: reforming Yasser Arafat’s corrupt thugocracy and securing a Palestinian state through negotiations with Israel...
Washington should ensure that all parties understand that peace negotiations will be a long, arduous, incremental process. Initially, negotiations should focus on step-by-step measures to rebuild the mutual trust shattered by Arafat’s policies.
Washington should help facilitate Palestinian cooperation with Sharon’s proposed withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, scheduled for later this year. And it should do what it can to help Abbas build support for peace among his people.
But it must accept that Abbas isn’t in a position to move rapidly on negotiations in the coming months. Long-overdue Palestinian reforms and an irreversible break with Arafat’s legacy of terrorism and treachery must come before any peace agreement can be negotiated."
"Peace - One Step at a Time," The Heritage Foundation, Jan. 20, 2005