Unlike so many others, Shimon Peres did not become intoxicated by military power and by the illusory dream of state sovereignty throughout the ancient homeland of Israel.
Daniel Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During a thirty-year career in diplomacy, he served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and to Egypt.
Instead of engaging in a 'blame game,' the U.S. and the two sides in the conflict should make every effort to reach the two-state outcome.
The 'bulldozer' was only one part of his complex personality: He was a very different man as prime minister from all earlier Sharons– and the most adept politician I encountered in Israel.
A comprehensive, robust, and sustainable American policy represent the best chance for a transformative change in Israeli-Palestinian politics and in America’s standing in the region.
Despite the cease-fire, it is likely, indeed inevitable, that there will be similar confrontations between Israel and Hamas in the future. Israel needs to learn the lessons of the recent conflict and act on the diplomatic front before the situation deteriorates even further.
Menachem Begin once said famously that Israel is not a banana republic; neither, it should be said, is the U.S. The lack of quiet diplomacy between the countries over Iran is a crisis of significant dimensions, which undermines our mutual security. This really must change.