The Common Denominator of Gaza and Ukraine: Outsiders Who Make Things Worse

Similar conclusions to be drawn from the two conflicts as to why, despite the intensive coverage and major international interest, they are both proving so intractable.

Professional conflict-resolution experts love lecturing Israelis and Palestinians on how they should learn the lessons of such places as Northern Ireland, South Africa and what was once Yugoslavia and get on with making peace in the region. Too often, the comparisons made are so facile that they are only useful for holding track-two conferences in comfortable European hotels, not for achieving actual progress on...