Israeli-Palestinian Peace? Focus on Syria and Iran Instead

(New York Times) James Phillips - Much of the news media coverage of President Obama's Middle East trip focused on the quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace. But that issue, though important, is simply not ripe for resolution. Peace is impossible as long as Hamas, with its commitment to Israel's destruction, retains its stranglehold over Gaza. Even if Israel were to negotiate a perfect peace settlement with the Palestinian Authority, Hamas is well-positioned to explode any agreement with another round of rocket terrorism. The writer is the senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Heritage Foundation.

2013-03-28 00:00:00

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