Submitted by Batya Casper (United States), Aug 8, 2012 23:48
In 1979, Anwar El Sadat was hailed a hero by forward-looking Egyptians and Israelis alike, because he saw the writing on the wall. He recognized that Egypt simply couldn't afford war, and he made peace with Israel. Though Israelis danced in the streets and flocked to Egypt when they heard the news, it was never a cordial arrangement. Egyptians neither liked nor trusted Israelis, so the accord was soon termed the "cold peace." Yet it succeeded. It held up well until now. It allowed both countries to prosper.
If Palestinian leaders cannot recognize that they are in a similar position today, if they won't put the tiresome Israel-Palestine conflict behind them and make peace, they don't deserve to be called leaders. They will fail their people and themselves and never build a self-sustaining home of their own. This is the opportunity Palestinians should clutch in both hands. Why would the Palestinians continue to support leaders who fill their own coffers while emptying those of their people, and who've been selling them an ideology of envy, hatred, and warfare, instead of hope and viability? Now is the time to do what Sadat did: be larger than the Arab-Israel conflict, make peace, and prosper.