The friendship on display at the ceremony was extraordinary. Normalizing relations between Israel and the Arab states, a warm peace, should be a stimulus, not an impediment, to progress on the Palestinian front
Tony Blair is the former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and former Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East. He is the Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Twitter: @InstituteGC
Shimon Peres was a relentless optimist and a tough and resourceful patriot. He sought peace for Israel's long-term security, and out of a profound compassion for the Palestinians to fulfill their destiny through statehood.