Here’s a Middle East Deal Only Washington Can Broker

By Rafael D. Frankel

Dr. Rafael D. Frankel is the vice president of BowerGroupAsia (BGA), a government affairs and public policy consulting firm supporting top businesses operating in the Asia-Pacific. Previously, he was a foreign correspondent for 10 years based in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Rather than take a hard look at past failures and where to go from here, Middle East “experts” are using the Six-Day War’s 50th anniversary to regurgitate old talking points, cast blame on predictably ideological lines and propose meaningless paths back to the negotiating table.

In reality, there will be no peace between Israelis and Palestinians within this generation because neither side is willing to make the required strategic concessions, and both sides are bereft of leaders who can drag their people there. Pretending otherwise is not just futile but exacerbates the situation.

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