The decline and probable failure of Secretary John Kerry’s peace initiative was predictable. It wasn’t because of a lack of meetings. From March 6, 2013 to March 17, 2014, Secretary Kerry met Mahmoud Abbas 46 times!
With over twenty years of negotiations, we do not need more meetings. We need new Palestinian leaders.
When Sadat replaced Nasser in Egypt, a cold peace was possible between Egypt and Israel because Sadat was an Egyptian first and an Arab second. Nasser wanted to be the leader of the Arab world and he put those ambitions over his country’s economic interests. Sadat risked his life, and Egypt experienced years of diplomatic isolation from the Arab League, because he believed peace was in the national interest.