The Peace Process So Far
People keep asking me if I have changed my mind about the peace process. Do I, they want to know, still hold to the gloomy view I first expressed even before the Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn—the view that the process subsequently ratified and accelerated by that handshake would lead not to peace but to another major war?1
After all, these people tell me, look how much has already been achieved in little more than a year. Jordan has now finally made peace with Israel, and other Arab states like Morocco and Tunisia are preparing to follow suit. The Gulf states are taking steps to end the Arab boycott. And even President Hafez al-Assad of Syria—the most intransigenty anti-Israel of the front-line Arab states—has begun moving, albeit grudgingly, toward what he himself calls “full peace with Israel.”
About the Author
Norman Podhoretz has been writing for COMMENTARY for 56 years.