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Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

The handshake delusion

Twenty years after the Oslo Peace Accord, a moldy myth drags on

The Syrian crisis is in a frenzy, Egypt’s political system is imploding, a new wave of Sunni terrorism is bloodying Iraq, post-Khadafy Libya is collapsing into lawlessness and ruin, and Iran is edging closer to the nuclear threshold. Yet Secretary of State John Kerry goes on flogging the dead horse of the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process.”

On Sunday, in the midst of his (now defunct?) campaign to win support for a US military strike in Syria, Kerry met for three hours with the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas to discuss “how to intensify” the latest round of talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Earlier that day, he met with officials from the Arab League to reinforce his “commitment” to Arab-Israeli peacemaking. Everyone agreed, said Kerry, “that a final status agreement is important in enhancing regional security and stability throughout the Middle East.”

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