April 8th, 2014
01:16 PM ET

Haass: Israeli-Palestinian peace process has become a local dispute

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Fareed speaks with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, about speculation that convicted spy Jonathan Pollard might be released from U.S. prison.

What do you think this, past week, the shenanigans have told us – maybe we're pardoning Jonathan Pollard, maybe we're not, the peace talks were going to fail, they were not going to fail? What's going on?

In the long run, it's irrelevant for the purposes of peace whether Mr. Pollard is in prison or not. It won't affect the basics. The real question, is the situation ripe? Are the leaders involved willing and able to make peace? I'm skeptical.

Let's just say for a second I'm wrong. So what? Right now, I think what we have to admit is that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, while it's of importance to Israelis and Palestinians, it's become a local dispute. It won't affect the dynamics of the Middle East. It's not going to affect the trajectory of the civil war in Syria or what's going on in Egypt between the government and the Muslim Brotherhood or what's happening elsewhere.

This has become a local dispute, that, quite honestly, is not worthy of the time and attention the secretary of state and the United States are giving.

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    April 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
  2. THORN

    WOW! If it were only true there'd be some hope. There are so many funny dialectics in this mess it would be huge if we could just decide on proper language and definition understanding. The biggest thing is that Israel has come out of the closet and declared itself a democratically elected theocracy, a Jewish state, Jewish being a religion, not a race and a people not defined by common language or proximity but by faith. That notion is anti American at its core. So now that begs the question, why do we support what is so opposed to our core beliefs as a nation of acceptance of diverse faiths, whether that be Israel or Saudi Arabia?

    April 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm |
  3. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorites........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!

    April 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
  4. chrisinak

    So this means we can quit sending billions of dollars in support to Israel every year? I'm all for it. If they can't make peace with their neighbors, then it's their problem. As far as the humanitarian quagmire they have created of the Palestinians, they should have to clean the mess up that they created, give the Palestinians a home, and give up on Jerusalem being their capitol, unless they don't mind sharing it as the religious capitol of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish world.

    April 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm |

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