Had Abbas accepted the Olmert government’s proposals on borders, land swaps and a West Bank to Gaza corridor in 2008, they would have become U.S. policy, from which any future administration could not easily retreat
This year will be wasted, but the despair, frustration and disappointment of younger Palestinians in the occupation’s 50th year is a powder keg.
In retrospect it appears Egypt's January 2011 revolution caused a tilt toward Islamism and the June 2013 revolution has made a correction toward secular liberalism. This new opening could give the secular forces the strength to adopt a liberal position that does not exclude groups on the basis of religion.
The story of the Arab Peace Initiative is the story of Israel repeatedly missing an opportunity.
The Egyptian revolution began with a big dream. Disappointments and chaos have punctured the hopes of the uprising, but the possibility of establishing a democratic regime has not yet been lost. This second year of the revolution will be crucial.
Syria's return to the Sunni world would not be without problems: It would broaden the circle of countries ruled by Sunni Islam that surround Israel.
The claim that there is no one to talk to on the Palestinian side is a common one in contemporary Israeli discourse. However, scrutiny of the history of talks between Israel and its neighbors reveals that the no-partner claim has been a part of the Israeli-Arab conflict from its outset.