Magazine September 20, 2010, Issue

Two States — Plus Israel?

A Hamas rally in Gaza (Zuma)
More dubious Mideast wisdom from President Obama

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume the direct peace negotiations broken off amid recriminations in December 2008, in 2006, in 2000, and all the way back. Benjamin Netanyahu for the Israelis and Mahmoud Abbas for the Palestinians don’t pretend to enjoy the prospect, and they groan audibly at the insistent pressure put on them by President Obama to cooperate. Hope springs eternal, of course, but did Obama never hear the forceful observation, commonly attributed to Einstein, that doing the same thing over and over again in the expectation of getting different results is insanity?

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