Israel and the Palestinians in the context of Mideast realignment

Here’s my article on folding the Israel-Palestinian conflict solution into the overall realignment that’s underway in the Mideast. It’s in the form of an op-ed in the Algemeiner.

One of the main points–one of many, if I may be so bold–is that the Israel-Palestinian issue gets solved as the rest of the borders are being set, not as a precondition or as a first stage. Many of us have known for decades that the Israel-Palestinian issue is not the key to resolving everything that’s wrong with the Mideast. The past five years of regional turmoil and realignment have had absolutely nothing to do with Israel or the Palestinians (much to the Palestinians’ dismay)–so now it’s obvious what a minor role this conflict plays in the region.

Maybe one day we’ll see a tenth as many activist groups pushing for a regional solution as we see today obsessing over a conflict that could have been resolved years ago if one side or the other did not think that the “world” would support its maximalist position.

Focusing on the Israel-Palestinian conflict as if it has overriding international importance is, as the youngsters would say, soooo 20th century.

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