Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

A Clear Choice for Middle East Peace

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

A Clear Choice for Middle East Peace

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A Clear Choice For Middle East Peace

For the millions of Americans who are concerned with the Middle East, 1992 marks a critical turning point in history. For the first time, Arabs and Israelis have embarked upon an historic series of negotiations which offer the potential of a just and durable peace. As little as two years ago, the prospect of serious negotiations between such bitter adversaries would have been unimaginable. But the reality today is that patient and determined diplomacy could well succeed in clearing away the obstacles that have separated Arabs and Israelis for two generations.

The architect of this bold and imaginative process has been President George Bush. His visionary approach to the Middle East impasse has succeeded in firmly establishing the U.S. as an honest broker and facilitator of multilateral compromise. Under the skillful stewardship of former Secretary of State James Baker III, now White House chief of staff, the Bush administration has encouraged and prodded all sides toward flexibility and constantly striven to focus the eyes of all parties on the prize of peace.

For all of its promise, however, the peace process remains in its infancy. A comprehensive and enduring peace must be built on a sustained diplomatic interchange that will require a considerable expenditure of effort and time. The trust that the Bush administration has earned from all parties in the Mideast has been won on the strength of sincerity, honesty, and resolution. If the process is to endure, it must be sustained without interruption.

As a result of his vast foreign policy experience and expertise, President Bush possesses a credibility on Middle East issues that cannot be matched by his Democratic opponent. Since taking office less than four years ago, President Bush has greatly strengthened ties with America's Arab allies in the Gulf and elsewhere. …

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