Well this “Iraq Study Goup” made itself look pretty stupid by addressing issues outside of the Iraq situation.
A reference to Palestinians’ “right of return” in the report issued by the high-level Iraq Study Group broke a diplomatic taboo which sparked immediate concern in Israel and surprise among Middle East policy experts.
The reference was buried deep inside a 160-page report that urged US President George W. Bush to renew efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks as part of a region-wide bid to end the chaos in Iraq.
“This report is worrisome for Israel particularly because, for the first time, it mentions the question of the ‘right of return’ for the Palestinian refugees of 1948,” said a senior Israeli official, who was reacting to the US policy report on condition he not be identified.
“It’s hard to know whether that language got in there because of carelessness — I know there were many revisions up to the very last minute — or whether it was a deliberate attempt to fuse something to the Bush rhetoric which wasn’t there before,” the analyst said.
The final point in the list was: “Sustainable negotiations leading to a final peace settlement along the lines of President Bush’s two-state solution, which would address the key final status issues of borders, settlements, Jerusalem, the right of return and the end of conflict.”
“‘Right of return’ is not in Oslo I or Oslo II, it’s not in the Bush Rose Garden speech, it’s not even in UN 181, the original partition resolution — it’s part of the Palestinian discourse,” said the US analyst.
What have we learned here?
1.) The ISG had “ghostwriters” and didn’t proofread their own report.
2.) The ISG says the way to fix Iraq is to bring peace to the entire middle-east.
3.) The ISG is a complete joke and has wasted everyone’s time.