I hope Thomas Friedman was being facetious when he suggested the United States should “Take down our “Peace-Processing-Is-Us” sign and just go home.” If not he was ignoring reality and being incredibly idiotic.
The truth is the United States cannot abandon efforts to bring peace to the Holy Land. Americans cannot take their ball and go home. Peace between Palestinians and Israelis and a secure Israel with a dominant military which it is wiiling to use on Americas behalf are basic to U.S. national security. Those are what American priorities should be. Allowing the current fractious situation to continue does nothing to make real peace a reality, weakens Israel, emboldens and strengthens terrorists and imperils everyone. Going home would exacerbate matters exponentially, not make them better.
Abandoning the present peace process is one thing and entirely legitimate because it will not yield results. Palestinian myopia and intransigence mean that it cannot possibly succeed. Abandoning all attempts to bring peace to the region is completely different however. A different approach is whats really needed.
Instead of continuing on as it has the United States must come down firmly on the side of Israel and let Palestinians know in no uncertain terms that their behaviour toward the country is unacceptable and must change, that Israels right to exist behind safe, secure borders is not negotiable, that it will guarantee this with its own military and that there will be severe repercussions if terrorist attacks do not stop. The U.S. must also make it clear that if Palestinians truly embrace peace and reject terror and war it will do everything it can to assist them economically, improve their quality of life and eventually make their own state a reality.
All of this is in Americas best interests. Going home in frustration most definitely is not.