According to John Kerry, this was not supposed to happen. The incoming climate czar insisted in 2016 as outgoing secretary of state, “There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world. I want to make that very clear to all of you. I’ve heard several prominent politicians in Israel sometimes saying, well, the Arab world’s in a different place now, and we just have to reach out to them and we can work some things with the Arab world, and we’ll deal with the Palestinians. No. No, no, and no.”
Except that it turns out, “Yes.” All the years of warnings by liberals that if Israel were unable to resolve tensions with Palestinians, that it would become isolated in the region, have been proven dead wrong. Instead, a strong Israel has become more integrated into the region while Palestinians have been left out in the cold to suffer from their own leaders’ intransigence.
The Palestinian leadership has for decades chosen terrorism over peace. It has made a conscious choice on many occasions to go without a state of its own rather than recognize a place for a Jewish state in the region. The global community, in many cases motivated by anti-Semitism, has indulged this fantasy for far too long. Arab nations are clearly coming around to the view that they have a lot to gain in terms of their economy and security with better ties to Israel. They have also rightly assessed that Iran poses a greater threat. It is time the rest of the world, and the incoming Biden administration, catch up.