El-Sisi’s Israel-Palestine Peace Initiative Offers Glimmer, or Mirage, of Hope

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, Jerusalem, July 10, 2016. (AP photo by Dan Balilty).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, Jerusalem, July 10, 2016. (AP photo by Dan Balilty).

No reasonable person would predict that a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is in the cards in the foreseeable future. Even forecasting the most limited progress may seem like a fool’s errand. And yet, a series of recent events reveal an unexpected glimmer of hope and suggest that, despite the pessimism of the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians, modest steps forward may be possible in the coming months. This past Sunday, the region witnessed something that had not occurred in nearly a decade: an openly publicized, high-profile visit to Israel by a high-ranking Arab official. It was […]

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