Daniel B. Shapiro

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The Emirati, U.S. and Israeli flags are pictured attached to an airplane of Israel's El Al upon its arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates on Aug. 31. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Some observers seem to assume that the recent agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates means the end of efforts to achieve a reasonable, two-state outcome to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Some Israelis may hope that improving relations with Arab states would obviate the need for further negotiations with the Palestinians.

Yet the Palestinians are not going anywhere, and the reality is that Israel cannot retain its core character as both a Jewish and democratic state if it ignores the Palestinian issue. Fortunately, those who still seek a two-state solution have no cause for despair. The Emirati-Israeli breakthrough could be a much-needed bridge to overcoming the current impasse.…  Seguir leyendo »

A Palestinian protester is shown near the border with Israel in the Eastern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, a day after some 60 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces. (Mohammed Saber/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Gaza is a tragedy. Palestinians there feel abandoned, cut off from the world. They have suffered through conflict after conflict, and now endure a collapsed economy, decaying electrical and water infrastructure, and deteriorating health conditions.

In the eight years I served on President Barack Obama’s Middle East team, I found no issue more impervious to solutions. Sometimes the crisis would fester on a low burn. Other times, like this week, it would burst forth in a violent spike.

Many factors contribute to Gaza’s plight. But any honest accounting must start with Hamas, the terrorist organization that has ruled Gaza since 2007, following Israel’s 2005 withdrawal.…  Seguir leyendo »