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Is Middle East Peace a Mirage?

I doubt that Obama or anyone else sees this latest cease-fire as anything but a temporary band-aid. But we *have* to try to take advantage of every possible opening, and the ceasefie is such an opening, however tiny it may be. That is our moral obligation. Pat must stop beig so pessimistic about the chances. Some of his 'obstacles' are actually opportunities. Egypt's president Morsi has shown himself to be pragmatic and sensible, not an IslamoWhackjob. He's shown that he can pressure Hamas. Israel has indicated a willingness to negotiate with a new Syrian regime over the Golan Heights. We can nation-build at home and negotiate in the Middle-East simultabeously. Negotiations are much, much cheaper than occupation and war.
Righty3 Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 10:57 AM
Is Morsi the same guy who just granted himself sweeping authority in an unprecedented power grab? As one Egyptian put it, "[he has] usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh".

Typical the dictator consolidates his control on power, they try to define him as "sensible".
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 10:02 AM
And we need to think further out of the box.

For example, Buchanon sees the divide betwen Hamas & Fatah (in the west bank) as nothing but a problem.

But maybe it means we are closer to a three-sate solution than a two-state solution?

With the truce in the week-long Gaza war, Barack Obama is being prompted by right and left to re-engage and renew U.S. efforts to solve the core question of Middle East peace.

Before he gets reinvolved in peacemaking, our once-burned president should ask himself some hard questions.

Is real peace between Palestinians and Israelis even possible?

Is there any treaty that could be agreed to, or imposed, that would be acceptable to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank, let alone to Hamas, which has emerged from its defiance of one of the most intensive bombardments of modern time...