The Bob Newhart Peace Plan

President Bill Clinton looks on as Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (left) and PLO leader Yasser Arafat shake hands after signing a peace accord at the White House in 1993. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)
The Palestinians need to stop making war before their conflict with Israel can be resolved.


NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here’s a Bob Newhart sketch you probably know: A woman walks into a therapist’s office and says that her life is being spoiled because she spends all of her time obsessing over the fearful possibility that she will be buried alive in a box. His advice:

Stop it!”

She’s resistant, and lists her other problems:

“I’m bulimic. I put my finger down my throat and—”

Stop it!

“I have self-destructive relationships with men.”

Stop it!”


There is a great deal of wisdom in that. Jay Nordlinger likes to tell a story about “B-1 Bob” Dornan, the Republican congressman from California. He was a famously tough

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