What does unilateral disengagement sound like today? If you are listening for the noise of soldier uprooting settler, your attention is focused not only on the wrong signals, but on the wrong continent. A new unilateral disengagement is emerging from the other side of the Atlantic, having sounded a final call before falling into a deep, eerie silence.
This is the silence that comes when the American dreamers of Middle East peace stop believing, and therefore, stop talking. Silence is the sound of Washington, D.C.’s erstwhile titans of peace unilaterally disengaging, for the moment – or perhaps longer – from the cause that has helped define their professional careers.
How does this form of unilateral disengagement preface its silence? How about this: “I’m trying to make my own pivot to Asia, both because the Middle East is so maddening and depressing.” Or this: “That era…full of peace conferences and White House signing ceremonies…has passed.” Or this: “For those who follow Israeli politics, there is some nervousness… people here wonder where Israel is heading.” Or this: “I no longer believe that peace between Israelis and Palestinians will occur in my lifetime. I have not changed my views; I have merely lost my hopes.”
These are not the cries of some knee-jerk leftists or neo-con rightists; rather, these are the resigned assessments – all given within the last two months – from, respectively: Jeffrey Goldberg, Robert Satloff, David Makovsky, and Leon Wieseltier, four of the most respected, distinguished, and brilliant two-state solution advocates and/or experts of the past two decades.
For more on this story, visit: The unilateral disengagement of the American titans of peace | Mark Donig | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel.