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The Kerry-go-round and the crisis of creativity

For new ideas to take shape, we need leadership which can stand up to pressure, walk away from the broken paradigms of the past, and open the door to new thinking.

President Shimon Peres, US Secretary of State John Kerry and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
Photo by: World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
It is common knowledge that Israeli cab drivers are the best barometers of national opinion. For me, Arab cab drivers also give a peek into the Arab street, of which I am often shut out.

So recently, when I took a cab from the Damascus Gate (a.k.a. Sha’ar Shechem or Bab el-Amud) to my house on the Mount of Olives with a driver named Wael (how it was spelled on the card he gave me, though pronounced Wa-yeel), I was happy to make conversation.



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