From 'Vicious' to 'Virtuous' Cycle

The reelection of Barack Obama offers a golden opportunity for Israel to propose to the American president a realistic draft Middle East peace initiative, to be presented, after due preparation and getting the support of major world powers, to relevant states of the region for consideration and action.

In a "vicious cycle," every achievement is followed by worse problems. This is the case with the Arab/Islamic-Israeli/Jewish conflict. An Israeli military victory is followed by a new form of attack; after a peace agreement, new enemies appear; and peace agreements are undermined with time. For Israel, the net result is that, despite tremendous achievements, after nearly 65 years of existence, the...