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Trump’s Middle-East Mirage

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History suggests that any peace negotiation has only a small chance of succeeding, because agreement requires compromise, which in turn requires leaders who are both willing and able to make concessions and sell them to their respective publics. When it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, neither condition seems to exist. NEW YORK – Enough time has passed to read and digest all 180-plus pages of what the US government calls “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People.” It is also referred to (sometimes derisively) as “The Deal of the Century.” Or, more neutrally, it is described as the latest American peace plan for the Middle East. Has the “Great Decoupling”

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History suggests that any peace negotiation has only a small chance of succeeding, because agreement requires compromise, which in turn requires leaders who are both willing and able to make concessions and sell them to their respective publics. When it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, neither condition seems to exist.

NEW YORK – Enough time has passed to read and digest all 180-plus pages of what the US government calls “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People.” It is also referred to (sometimes derisively) as “The Deal of the Century.” Or, more neutrally, it is described as the latest American peace plan for the Middle East.

Except it is not. The proposal – overseen by White House Senior...

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