Rami Khouri: 7 Steps Towards Peace in the Middle East
FORA.tv: Confident there is still Arab and Islamic support for American values, Rami Khouri suggests seven policies the US should employee to revive Middle Eastern peacemaking, and end the Israeli-Arab conflict.
- Embrace and engage ligitamite actors/players in the region. Legitamite defined as being locally elected and having respect for international norms/laws. This mean Israel must be engaged using the same standards.
- Seek peace security and prosperity for all the people of the region at the same level.
- Be consistent. Eliminate the percepttion of US double standards.
- Use true multilaterism and not be slective with who they want to engage in the region.
- US should appeal to the majority of normal, moderate people in the Arab Islamic Middle East and US policy should not be driven by small cult-like terrorist organizations.
- US needs to define it’s national interests according to American national interests. It can not let pro-Israel groups, pro-arms groups, pro-oil groups, pro-Conservative Arab monarchy groups drive and define Amercian national interests. IF the US can not openly and honestly engage public debate about the influence of various lobby groups in Washington than it should get out of the business of trying to spread democracy if it can’t in itself act in a democratic way to it’s own national interests.
- The US should engage (with others) and take the lead in an active even-handed peace making process in the Arab-Israel conflict.
Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth.He is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut as well as editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, published throughout the Middle East with the International Herald Tribune. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and author.