Since then, Western policymakers and security experts have painfully deceived themselves on the peace road map. Perhaps, but then again perhaps not, peace hovers in the horizon of the region.
The mix in the region is like a game of Russian roulette. What with a new president in Iran whose direction is blank at the moment. What with a divided and unpredictable Syrian opposition. Ditto Egypt, which is headed to we don’t know where.
It would be wishful thinking to let hope substitute for experience. The reality on the ground is that President Abbas can be a credible negotiating partner but not so Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and can never negotiate with Israel.
I am an optimist, and I agree with Kerry that he is inching toward the negotiating table. It is hard math to get an all-inclusive Abbas/Hamas team on the one hand and Israel on the other.
We hope the peace process does not end up as a pursuit of an illusion.
PETER HEHO KIRIGA