It’s not quite clear what more the Palestinians could have done. Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad tried and succeeded in neutralizing Hamas, reining in terror and imposing law and order in the West Bank while accelerating economic development despite all the obstacles.
It would have been much more encouraging had Clinton clearly signaled, in A.S.L, that Washington has a new plan – not just “asking tough questions and expecting substantive answers,” as she put it, but primarily giving good answers, putting forth its own detailed, comprehensive plan that solves all the core issues and is based on President Bill Clinton’s blueprints, on the Taba talks and on the 2002 Arab League resolutions.
Such a plan stands a greater chance of gaining the support of the Quartet, of the U.N. Security Council and of a majority of U.N. member states. Much of the Arab world would also support it. Such a plan, once put forth, would separate those who choose to join the international community from those who choose to stay outside in the cold.