Arab Israeli Conflict
Fifty years ago, the eminent British journalist and author Patrick Seale published a landmark book, The Struggle for Syria, in which he examines the tumultuous post-independence period (after 1946).
I want to speak with you today about the Middle East. This is the region where Africa, Asia, and Europe come together. It is also the part of the world where we have been most compellingly reminded that some struggles cannot be won, but there are no struggles that cannot be lost.
In late 2011, the Obama administration with great fanfare announced its intention to “pivot” (subsequently characterized as a “rebalance”) to Asia as a foreign-policy and national-security priority.
In August 1978, President Jimmy Carter invited Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to Camp David in order to negotiate a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.