Saul Singer writes:
Peace does not come from agreements; lasting agreements come from changing the conditions that cause war. In our case, war does not come from the lack of a Palestinian state, even if creating such a state were advisable. War comes from the Arab dream of destroying Israel. Anything that helps crush that dream advances peace; anything that encourages it drives peace further away. The head of the PLO, Farouq Qaddumi, said on Iranian TV just four months ago what much of the Arab world still believes: “At this stage there will be two states. Many years from now there will be only one.” If peace, not just agreements, is the goal, the more the U.S. exposes, condemns, and rejects the Arab destructionist dream, the better. If the U.S. were half as obsessed with responding to every mention of “right of return” to Israel as it is with quashing Jerusalem suburbs, we would suddenly see voices of brave Palestinian moderates sprouting like spring flowers.