Yes, Secretary of State John Kerry does indeed deserve kudos for his yeoman efforts to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, as the Jan. 3 editorial “Kerry’s tenacious diplomacy offers hope for Mideast peace” observes. He also deserves, and needs, the support of the American people and Congress.
A just and lasting peace — one that is fair to both Palestinians and Israelis, that will be sustainable, and that will inevitably require tough concessions on both sides — is in our national interest. Given how tenuous negotiations are at this crucial moment, it would behoove our leaders — both our elected leaders in Washington and our Jewish, Muslim, and Christian community leaders — to make clear to their counterparts in Israel and Palestine that this opportunity for peace needs to be seized, and not missed.
Kerry is indeed doing a remarkable job, but his success may well depend on how clear a message we, individually and collectively, send from this side of the Atlantic.