I think the idea of Palestinian statehood though is simply too compelling still. In a way, it’s too big to fail.
Then in 2013, he said the U.S. friendship with Israel was “too big to fail.” He wrote at Politico:
Unlike Lehman Brothers, the U.S.-Israeli relationship is too big to fail; but until it’s clear where this interim agreement [with Iran] is headed, this relationship will be rocky.
Well, times change, but Aaron David Miller isn’t going anywhere. He served in several American administrations, and has become the go-to center-right expert on the conflict; so with the failure of John Kerry’s peace negotiations, he was back on National Public Radio yesterday, and asked how bad a blow this is to the peace process. Sound-bite:
MILLER: Is it fatal? No, because the reality is, like rock ‘n’ roll, the peace process is never really going to die and it’s not going to die and Kerry will be back to it because Israelis and Palestinians have a proximity problem. They’re literally living on top of one another and there’s no status quo.
I guess we should call that progress?
P.S. Michele Kelemen quoted no Palestinians on that NPR report, while allowing Miller to dismiss the idea that Palestinians are or will ever be living under apartheid. Mustafa Barghouthi and Ali Abunimah and Raji Sourani and Ahmed Moor don’t agree.