With the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Middle East diplomacy has entered its mannerist phase.
Israeli-Palestinian Talks: The Perils of Pessimism. By Shlomi Eldar. Al-Monitor, August 1, 2013.
John Kerry says he can get an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement within nine months that would lead to an independent Palestinian state. That’s ambitious to be sure, but Kerry’s optimism raises a key question: With Syria torn by civil war, Egypt in the midst of a meltdown that may lead to another Arab civil war, and the Iranian nuclear program still the region’s major strategic threat, why is the secretary of state pushing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?