A Process to End the Arab-Israeli Conflict

(Tablet) Dr. Michael Doran - The Abraham Accords are the most significant development in the Arab-Israeli conflict in the last 25 years. Not only have the Palestinians lost their veto over normalization between Israel and other Arab states, but the entire "Resistance Alliance," led by Iran, has revealed itself as incapable of placing obstacles in the way of Israel's integration into the Arab state system. True, the UAE and Bahrain are small powers, but behind them looms Saudi Arabia, which is by far the most influential Arab state. No one in the world has a plausible solution to the Palestinian question, and the best diplomatic minds have devoted more time and effort on it than any other question on the planet for reasons that are now beginning to recede into history. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict seems likely in time to become the Eastern Mediterranean equivalent to the Western Sahara conflict: an insoluble but localized dilemma. In breaking the debilitating lock that it has placed on American strategic thinking for decades, a process has been created to end the Arab-Israeli conflict which, unlike the local Israeli conflict with the Palestinians, has real geostrategic significance. The writer, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, served in the departments of State and Defense, and on the U.S. National Security Council.

2020-09-24 00:00:00

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