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Quartet Statements—and Quartet Silences

by Elliott Abrams
August 16, 2011

The last time the Middle East Quartet met, on July 11, it was unable even to issue a statement about the key issue before it—the Palestinian effort to get the UN General Assembly and Security Council to declare Palestine a state and admit it to membership. Nor has the Quartet  been able to issue a statement about the attacks the Assad regime has been carrying out this week against Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, which have led thousands of Palestinians to flee their homes.

But it did on August 16 get itself organized to address what it apparently saw as a graver issue and a greater threat to peace, Israel’s announcement of plans to construct additional housing units in Jerusalem and Ariel.

Nowadays the Quartet seems able to reach agreement on only one thing: criticism of Israel. This is the lowest common denominator among the United States, EU, United Nations, and Russia, and it is pretty low indeed. If this is the only function of the Quartet, the better path would be to disband it now—for the statements it is making and the statements it seems unable to make combine to bring discredit on all participants.

Post a Comment 6 Comments

  • Posted by John

    Yes and while we’re at it, let’s disband it’s absolutely useless and prejudiced mother organization, the United Nations.

  • Posted by Elliott A Green

    A wise recommendation by Elliott Abrams. The Quartet is a disgrace to civilization. None of the members of the Quartet is fit to be a moral judge of Israel. Its pro-Arab stance can only be an obstacle to peace.

  • Posted by Maine's Michael

    I agree with Elliot Green. There is not one nation on Earth fit to be a moral judge of Israel.

    (And that includes Norway, which has been exporting terror capability, in the form of funds and moral support, to Israel’s terrorist enemies. It may have thought it bought itself freedom from terror, but did not take into account reactionary homegrown terror in response to its Islamophilic policies.)

  • Posted by Dean Smallwood

    Elliott Abrams has the right idea . A Quartet with only one song in its repertoire should disband ( before it’s booed off the stage ).

  • Posted by Virginia Baker

    The Quartet is just a flat out disgrace,and an insult to to anything that resembles any kind of fairness and decency. DISBAND IMMEDIATELY!!

  • Posted by Bud Lutao

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