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After Fayyad

3:30 PM, Apr 16, 2013 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
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If the murderous war in Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, and the instability in Jordan were not enough to make Secretary of State Kerry’s “Negotiations Now!” peace shuttle seem untimely, Fayyad’s departure adds another depressing note. Secretary Kerry’s apparent purpose is to get the parties to the table. But then what? What magic will occur when they get there? If the American goal is the two-state solution—to see a decent, democratic, peaceful Palestinian state come into existence next to Israel—our ability to reach that goal has just suffered a great blow. For Fayyad is right, and has been right all along: a Palestinian state will not be created at the U.N., or on the White House lawn, or even at the negotiating table; it must be created on the ground, in the West Bank, piece by piece. And that task just became a great deal harder.

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the new book Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

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