Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Friedman Surveys the Middle East

The New York Times' Tom Friedman aspires to be a renaissance man, willing to opine on anything. At this he is a failure. On the other hand, he actually does know the Middle East.

In today's column Friedman does what diplomats call a tour d'horizon of the Middle East, with particular emphasis on the current reality in Israel. Calling his view "profound pessimism" is not too strong; the column is worth your time and attention.

Friedman's view: the long-advocated two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is dead, it won't happen. Furthermore, U.S. unhappiness about this "death" does not much influence Israel. Friedman blames both Israelis and Palestinians for the outcome.