It is not easy to belittle Aaron David Miller's renunciation of what he described as ''False Religion of the Mideast Peace'' in his essay published in Foreign Policy.
Framed in impeccable logic with unchallenged knowledge from a man who more than any other senior U.S. official has led our Middle East peace camp ever since 1978, that's a big deal. Miller served as special envoy and senior advisor on the Middle East for 30 years across Republican and Democratic administrations reporting directly to several presidents.
Miller's despair is more poignant coming from a Jewish senior American policy-maker, one of many who deeply sympathized with Arabs and Palestinians, so much he once accused a fellow Jewish peace-maker, Dennis Ross who is now a special advisor to the president, of being ''Israel's lawyer!"
When such a man now turns around to say the peace process is dead; that the Obama administration is wrong pressuring Israel; and the U.S. has become tone-deaf to more important strategic threats including the Iranian nuclear issue, his thesis and his warnings demand attention. They will get plenty as the questioning is just beginning within the professional Mideast peace making-establishment and its lobbies.
So what happened? What went wrong in that tortured peace process?