April 16th, 2009

Chris Keeley

Ray Close

From: Ray Close
Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 11:14 AM
Subject: How to save the Two State Solution

Dear Friends:

I think you will all be interested in communications that I received last week from Larry Diamond, whom many of you probably know.  Larry is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he is also
Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.  Larry spent several months as an adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad in the early days of the Iraq war, and wrote the much-acclaimed book called Squandered Victory in criticism of the Bush Admin's (especially Bremer's) handling of that phase of the operation.  He and I were part of the group that provided support to Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton and their commission while they were preparing their Iraq Study Group recommendations. 

Larry is very constructive and objective on the Israel-Palestine issue.  In his note to me (below) he is replying specifically to my detailed account of a talk given by Jeremy Ben-Ami (Executive Director of the "J Street" organization) here at the Jewish Center in Princeton last week, in which Jeremy emphasized the serious consequences that will result if urgent steps are not taken immediately to rescue the two-state solution before it's too late.  I have Larry's express permission to share his comments with you, together with his request for comments from those of you who are experts on the Middle East Peace Process.

I am just back from a visit to Israel, so this all rings very true for me.  Collapse )