Better the Devil You Know
Israel and the Palestinians are no closer to a genuine comprehensive peace than they were two decades ago.
Some would argue that goal is now even further out of reach. But there is relative calm at present. However, with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ health failing, Israel fears there could soon be a power vacuum that would quickly be filled by the likes of Hamas, or worse. With an eye to future stability, if not peace, Israel has once again engaged with exiled former Palestinian Authority security chief Mohammed Dahlan. A complex and ambitious plan being backed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, the US and Israel would see Dahlan first return to power in Gaza as a…