Shimon Peres started the session by saying that even though President Clinton had worked hard at bringing solutions to the Middle East conflict, unfortunately “we were more successful at bringing problems.” Another phrase of his was, quoting Ghandi, “When a cat is chasing a mouse there´s no sense if the mouse declares a ceasefire.” This he said to Nasser to ask the Palestinian Authority to stop Hamas, the cat in this picture. “Time has come to privatize peace” he also added in the sense that civil society has to play a huge role demanding peace.
I am attending the Clinton Global Initiative. It was this year in January, at Davos, that President Clinton announced that he liked Davos, so much so that he was going to start his own. Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum laughed nervously. It took a lot of guts to announce the conference that was going to be the most important Davos competitor…at Davos. But that´s Clinton. He saw a political void. He occupied it. There´s already a novelty here that I like. To attend this conference everyone has to write a pledge to help with money, effort or a combination in one of the four areas: fight against poverty, better governance, combat climate change, or conflict resolution. As Dennis Ross said “the Clinton Global Initiative is geared to problem solving”. Solving may be too ambitious, but alleviation is certainly achievable.