Middle East Forum..
04 October '16..
The supranational body entrusted by the world to negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, known as "the Quartet," has proven itself unworthy of that trust. I refer not to the "Arab Quartet" consisting of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which in the current climate might actually be fairer to Israel than the other Quartet, consisting of the European Union, the United Nations, Russia and the United States.
Sometimes called the "Spanish Quartet" or "Madrid Quartet," it was named for the 1991 Madrid Conference, which was the first step in the disastrous Oslo peace process that has increased Palestinian violence and harmed Israel.
For different reasons, each of the four Quartet members is unqualified to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian agreement. Half of the Quartet (the EU and the UN) has elected to champion the Palestinian cause and vilify Israel, and the other half has at least temporarily abdicated the moral ground necessary for the task. The time has come to disband the Quartet.
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