U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt’s call for peace that ran in Israel Hayom on Monday was greeted by skepticism from the public and politicians. Many years of failed attempts at peace talks have led to a lack of faith in the process and the reasonable idea that it’s all lip service. But anyone who sees how processes can start as feelers being sent out and end in a disaster like the Oslo Accords disaster is worried.
The concern is over temporary envoys who make their short-term mission into their life’s work and strive for a deal at any price. Like the Oslo Accords teams, who started with the “Gaza-Jericho first” agreement and even now haven’t given up their dream of a two-state solution despite the 1,700 killed and thousands wounded in terrorist attacks that started as soon as the Palestinian Authority took hold in 1993.