The US-backed Road Map peace plan had no real chance of success because Israel was only signatory living up to its side of agreement, former US House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote recently.
“Diplomacy is important and has a vital role to play [in solving Israeli-Arab conflict], but its function must be different than Oslo process and Road Map suggest,” Gingrich argued in summer edition of Middle East Quarterly.
“The focus on Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy cannot work when one side has a leadership that does not deliver on its word.”
The 2008 presidential hopeful noted that “in order for diplomacy to work, negotiators must be honest brokers willing to keep commitments,” an area in which Gingrich noted Palestinian Authority leadership was lacking.
“Diplomacy should not be used as political checkmate while one side keeps its word, and other side willfully disregards its promises to gain political advantage,” he wrote.
Gingrich called Road Map, which was largely formulated by Bush Administration, a “product of a period of failure now past,” and urged Washington, “It is time to move on.”
He said basis for Israeli-Arab peace “should be destruction of terrorists,” and that negotiations should cease until Palestinian Authority fulfilled its decade-old commitment to disarm and dismantle terrorist infrastructure operating out of areas under its control.