Removing the obstacles to peace in the Middle East

In my work I've often had to give thought to the tangled, violent politics of the Middle East, and to how they might be straightened out. I've been struck by the depth of distrust and fear in that part of the world—a region also known, ironically, as the cradle of civilization and the site of the most profound developments in the history of religion and faith.

The Jews and Arabs living there now—and struggling toward a peaceful and progressive relationship—share a remarkable past. But the tensions and hatreds of the present sometimes seem insurmountable, especially when viewed solely through the lens of political and psychological analysis.

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Safety in the Middle East
December 23, 1996

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