Why the U.S. administration believes it can persuade Mahmoud Abbas to sign an agreement guaranteeing Israel’s right to exist is astonishing. It is pointless for Western leaders to provide Middle Eastern leaders with incentives to reach compromises where, in Western eyes, all sides win, but in Middle Eastern eyes, their side loses. There, the winner takes all and the loser loses all.
Why couldn’t Egypt’s deposed President Morsi admit mistakes? Why couldn’t he “compromise” with the military and stay in power? And what can one learn from Morsi’s behavior about the concept of leadership in the Middle East?