The Palestinian Problem

The chief problem in the Mideast, as far as the world is concerned, is that Israel refuses to disappear. The chief problem in the Mideast, as far as Israel and the United States is concerned, is that the Palestinians refuse to disappear. Since they both demand the very same piece of land -- motivated by history, and fueled by uncompromising religion claims -- the futility of sending American diplomats to the Mideast to negotiate a peace should be obvious to everyone, except the news media and the State Department. Washington dreads the appearance of doing nothing. The consequences of a failed peace process are so enormous that dishonest pretense is preferred to honest failure. However, pretense is far worse. Let's give the Arabs their due. They have parlayed a weak hand masterfully. Crippling defeats in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973 would have dissuaded a lesser opponent. The Arab focus has been singular. To that end, the 1965 Casablanca Protocols forbade any Arab nation from awarding...(Read Full Article)