Analysis || An empty prayer for peace at the Vatican
Peres and Abbas may have welcomed a day of rest with Pope Francis, but neither likely gained much from the prayers.
The Israeli and Palestinian presidents are both of a generation that chose to turn away from the religious backgrounds of their childhoods to embrace the twin paths of socialism and nationalism. Both Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, like any good socialists of their day, realized that the future of their nations lay in alliances with the West. Both eventually came to recognize that the path to prosperity runs...
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