Intellectual on the sidelines

Despite his unsuccessful peacemaking efforts, Palestinian philosophy professor Sari Nusseibeh remains an enduring moderate

By ROBERT SLATER
July 10, 2013 14:19
Sari Nusseibeh

Sari Nusseibeh521. (photo credit: NATI SHOHAT / FLASH 90)

For some three decades now, Sari Nusseibeh has been a leading Palestinian peacemaker, an independent-minded academic proposing one peace plan after another, and certainly no stone thrower – the perfect example of the kind of Palestinian leader, flexible and creative, the Israelis have been seeking.

Yet today, dismissed by most Israeli leaders as a troublemaker disguised as a peacenik, and isolated by Palestinian leaders for seeking peace a tad too energetically, Nusseibeh, now 64, is an intellectual on the sidelines, with a next-to-nothing chance of becoming the Palestinian leader the Israelis say they are seeking to help make peace.

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