The old (and good) Tom Friedman was on display in yesterday’s op-ed. The guy who knows and can communicate The Middle East. Key quote:
Today, the Arabs, Israel and the Palestinians are clearly not feeling enough pain to do anything hard for peace with each other — a mood best summed up by a phrase making the rounds at the State Department: The Palestinian leadership “wants a deal with Israel without any negotiations” and Israel’s leadership “wants negotiations with the Palestinians without any deal.”
He recommends leaving behind the facade of a Peace Process. I agree from the perspective of the White Housem which is only subsidizing this farce. But that leaves me thinking that Israel will continue to head towards a police/apartheid occupier state that risks a slow-motion cleanse of the Palestians, which is an awful outcomes. Friedman’s hope is that eventually the inevitable pain will prompt both sides to deal. I think perhaps it will take an Iranian nuclear weapon to bring Israel to the bargaining table.