Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, January/February 2006, page 42

Book Review

An Open Letter to Amb. Dennis Ross, Author of The Missing Peace

Dec. 12, 2005

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Dear Mr. Ross,

While staying at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, I had the opportunity of glancing through your book, The Missing Peace. Having heard you at a meeting at The Aspen Institute in DC some weeks ago, I cannot help but find your approach totally biased. That you should fail as a negotiator on an assignment the importance of which cannot be overstated comes as no surprise.

Your belief in U.S. engagement in peacemaking is obvious. The U.S. has long fostered the delusion that we are “an honest broker,” but your over-riding concern for the security of Israel—no need to rebuild the harbor, airport or rail-link from Gaza, repeated several times during the Aspen meeting—reveals your true concern. That Israel should continue to exist does not justify the eradication of the Arab population in situ. I wish you luck in your attempt to convince yourself that you have an open mind. As a negotiator you have done nothing but create further misunderstanding and delay the outcome while pushing yourself forward. You can posture a bit longer, but few will trust you.

Sincerely,

John Goelet
Meru, France

 

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