The leadership vacuum

The parameters of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement are well known – all it would take is an Israel government courageous enough to sign up.

July 6, 2016 10:29
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Herzog and Abbas

Herzog and Abbas. (photo credit: REUTERS)

IN ONE word, the distance between where we are now and peace is leadership. It is, of course, a rare commodity required on both sides. Ending apartheid in South Africa took not only the greatness of Nelson Mandela, it also needed the leadership of Frederik Willem de Klerk. It seems that we lack both a Mandela and a de Klerk.

What we do have is two decades of negotiating experience and thousands of hours of professional “track two” meetings of officials and non-officials from both sides mapping out all possible areas of agreement and disagreement on every single issue in the conflict.


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