The gathering swarm

The New York Sun’s Eli Lake has another important story on the deep thoughts of the Baker-Hamilton commission: “Baker panel aide expects Israel will be pressed.” Say what you will about the unrealistic “realism” of these folks, they are remarkably consistent. The confidential memorandum that supports Lake’s story provides:

“To have any realistic chance of success, I believe that the process would have to start with the announcement of a major initiative, promoted and vigorously supported by the United States, to reach a comprehensive resolution to the Israel-Arab crisis through a process of reasonable compromise and accommodation between Israel and its Arab neighbors.”

How’s that for an idea? Let’s get together in Oslo, once more once. It’s a wonder what you can do when you put out the call for fresh thinking.
And over at the Sun’s It Shines for All blog, Daniel Freedman has the latest on James Baker’s Syrian friends: “Report: Syria planned to kill 36 Lebanese officials.” Let’s talk it out!
JOHN adds: What on God’s green earth does Israel have to do with the problems in Iraq? Is it an obsession with Israel that makes one a “realist”?
PAUL adds: Blame the Jews — what could be more realistic than that? However, a report that states or implies the need to coerce Israel may not receive a full and warm embrace from some Democrats in Congress.