NYT: On Palestinian Question, Tough Choices for Obama

"Obama is being pushed to go for a Palestinian national unity government, negotiations and a comprehensive settlement. But it would be a mistake to push the two-state solution toward a moment of truth when it is in a moment of weakness," says Gidi Grinstein.

Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 21/01/09.

"This is a moment of very tough choices, with no dominant approach with obvious advantages," said Gidi Grinstein, president of the Reut Institute, a policy research group in Tel Aviv.

"Obama is being pushed to go for a Palestinian national unity government, negotiations and a comprehensive settlement. But it would be a mistake to push the two-state solution toward a moment of truth when it is in a moment of weakness, and when there is both a civil war and a deep constitutional crisis on the Palestinian side."

Mr. Grinstein also said that in the current confusion, "it might be better for Mr. Obama not to reach for 'unobtainable objectives,' but instead to explore an older idea: recognition of Palestinian sovereignty while the borders are still being negotiated and Israel unilaterally pulls out of more West Bank settlements."

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