Patient, serious diplomacy appears to be bearing fruit in many places simultaneously this week, except in the Israel-Palestine talks that have gone on for two decades since the 1993 Oslo peace accords. It is worth exploring why this is so.
Khouri’s definition of realism, reasonableness, reciprocity, and respect is really just a one-way street. Khouri is calling on Israel to capitulate to the Palestinian narrative that Zionism is an evil settler-colonial movement and that Israel is a criminal racist state. Khouri is recycling, yet again, the stale Arab talking points that Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state is an unbearable humiliation for the Palestinians, and that Israel must consent to its own destruction by agreeing to the right of return by the descendants of the 1948 refugees.