The only hope now for resuming negotiations is the old "only Nixon could open up China" argument, meaning that only a truly hard-right Israeli leader would have the credibility to make peace with the Palestinians. But it is now clear to historians that Richard Nixon was determined to make his overture to China from the moment he began his presidency. Sadly, the signs that any of Israel's potential prime ministers are truly prepared to take so bold a step are few.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Only Bibi Can Go To Ramallah?
Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian journalist, argues that Israel's leaders appear to fail the Nixon test: