Editorial: Ban’s challenges
January 31, 2012 22:55
Recent peace proposals all based on principle that Israel would retain major settlement blocs.
Clinton, Barak, Arafat at Camp David 311.
(photo credit:REUTERS/Win McNamee)
Encouraging Israelis and Palestinians to “re-engage” in order to move the peace
process forward is one of the professed goals of UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon as he visits the region this week.But since low-level talks
began between the sides in Amman last month, a number of major obstacles have
resurfaced, threatening to turn yet another round of peace talks into a
dead-end. If he is to succeed in his mission, it is important for the UN chief
to understand that despite two decades of negotiations, huge gaps still need to