Time is running out for the Bush administration’s Middle East policy.
We remember the Nixon presidency for Watergate, but also for recognizing China.
History will remember George W. Bush for Iraq. It is not too late for Bush to also be remembered for recognizing Palestine as a state.
But the American Jewish community has often been seen as the deal-breaker in any peace negotiations, whether fairly or not, I don’t know. As a result, American politicians only show active support for the Palestinian state when they are lame ducks in the last phases of their terms. That means that realistically, the window of opportunity for Palestinian statehood only opens up once every eight years, when the incumbent president is ineligible to run for reelection.
Now another piece of the Palestinian statehood puzzle is falling into place–an American Jewish interest group called J Street that says it supports a two-state solution.
Palestine the Nation.
Just do it.