Peace talks

Here’s hoping that today’s direct talks between Netanyahu and Abbas bear some fruit. I am a dyed-in-the-wool pessimist when it comes to the Middle East: dogmatically opposed religious views have kept the situation in a laborious (and often deadly) stalemate for decades, and there is no reason to believe that compromise and moderation are eminent. Nonetheless, we can hope that the two leaders will approach the problem like sensible adults rather than squabbling, finger-pointing children. The war-weary people of the Middle East deserve that much.

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