July 29th, 2013
09:19 AM ET

Can Kerry secure Middle East breakthrough?

By Fareed Zakaria

Choosing to take on the Middle East peace process might seem like a fool's errand, but there are some practical reasons to pursue it. Unlike with the constant calls for the United States to somehow magically stabilize Egypt or stop the slaughter in Syria, this is actually an issue on which Washington still has enormous leverage and there is a clear path forward where the Secretary of State’s efforts could yield results. And success, even modest success, would clearly change the atmosphere in the region and in the wider Muslim world.

So let's give Kerry credit for using his political capital on one of the oldest, most intractable problems in international relations. I wish him very well. But if I had to bet ... well, I guess I still don't like losing money.

For more on this, read the full TIME column

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Topics: GPS Show • Middle East

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. JAL

    Stay near-sighted for now.

    July 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  2. Susan

    I watched your show on this topic. It is very disturbing that a Palestinian interviewee would say that Jews are members of a religion, but are not a people or a nation. This is just not true. It is perfectly possible to be an atheist Jew. I support a two-state solution, but it is difficult to see how this can happen if Palestinians maintain a willful ignorance a refuse acknowledge Jews as a people and a nation. Jews ought to be able to define who and what we are.

    July 30, 2013 at 12:44 am | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Everything sees an end! Perhaps one day this Israel-Palestinian conflict too! John Kerry is determined to give it a try. Why not? Should he succeed, he will be remembered in history and he definitely wants it as well.

    July 30, 2013 at 6:36 am | Reply

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