Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Behatslaha Mr Ahtisaari

I was glad to read that Martti Ahtisaari joined The Elders. Last year, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize, he spoke some very wise words on ( finding a way out of ) the MidEast conflict. I simply repeat the last part of the DBI post that I wrote last year after reading Mr Ahtisaari's acceptance speech at the Peace Prize ceremony:
  • Two key phrases caught my attention: "All crises, including the one in the Middle East, can be resolved." and "If we want to achieve lasting results, we must look at the whole region." Particularly the latter phrase is important for Israel, since it says what Israel has often been saying: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is part of a larger whole, and should be approached ( and will eventually be solved ) as such.
  • With Mr Obama having to focus on domestic problems before he will be able to seriously deal with the Middle East, maybe it would be a good idea for him - as one of the four members of the Middle East Quartet - to ask Mr Ahtisaari to help set up and operate some kind of comprehensive framework that will be aimed at finding a negotiated Palestinian/Arab-Israeli peace agreement. I cannot think of a more qualified and suitable candidate for such a job ( certainly not among those Nobel Peace Prize winners who are still alive ) than this man. One additional advantage of using the services and expertise of Martti Ahtisaari is that his European contacts and background would help to enhance a European role in such a process, which I think would be a good thing. After all, Europe has even more interest in peace in the Middle East than the US, and Brussels has more carrots to offer both Israel and the Arab-Muslim world than Washington.

PS: Behatslaha = Good luck, succes

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