Middle East Notes and Comment: Déjà vu Diplomacy
May 18, 2007
As the Middle East marks the fortieth anniversary of the Six Day War, it is a remarkably different place. Nasserism is dead, Islamism is surging, and Israelis and Palestinians are facing deep internal political crises. The U.S. approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict, however, is eerily similar to the way it was forty years ago. Then, as now, Arab-Israeli diplomacy has been pushed down on the list of priorities, remained uncreative, and characterized by an all-or-nothing approach to peacemaking. That approach did not deliver in 1967, and it will not deliver today.