Though I consider myself a skeptic, Mark Helprin has a characteristically thoughtful (though uncharacteristically dovish) piece in the NY Times, arguing that this may be the best chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinians since Egypt and Israel came to terms almost 30 years ago. Helprin takes a contrarian view on the Lebanon War, arguing that it actually “chastened” Hezbollah. He also believes that Hamas overplayed its hand, and supports the strategy of helping Mahmoud Abbas economically develop the West Bank:
Fearful of Iran, the Arab states may also be more cooperative:
Egypt, the Persian Gulf states and Jordan have so much to contend with at home and in the east that they cannot afford an active front in their midst, and are therefore forming ranks against Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, bringing most of the rest of the Arab states with them.
As they say, read the whole thing.
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