A Less Than Magnificent Obsession


For reasons I have never been able to understand, many foreign policy experts and commentators on the Middle East are weirdly obsessed with Israel and its relationship with the Palestinians. It often seems that no matter what question is asked, the answer is always the same: everything would be better if only the Israelis would give a little more ground to the successors of Yasir Arafat. Turmoil in Egypt and across the Arab world has given rise to another round of hand-wringing about Israel, as though that tiny country somehow holds the key.

It is obvious that the current upheaval has nothing at all to do with Israel or with the Palestinians.

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