Here’s Tom Friedman’s column in the New York Times. He mentions one thing that is vital for any peacemaker: “a peacemaker has to be both a nation-builder and a negotiator.” But as far as his conclusion goes ‘freezing settlements’ is not the only thing required from the Israelis–there’s a lot more that needs to be done.
What makes it so challenging for the new Obama team is that Mideast diplomacy has been transformed as a result of the regional disintegration since Oslo — in three key ways.
First, in the old days, Henry Kissinger could fly to three capitals, meet three kings, presidents or prime ministers and strike a deal that could hold. No more. Today a peacemaker has to be both a nation-builder and a negotiator.