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Separate peaces

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Back in 1979, when Anwar Sadat made his courageous decision to break the history of Arab rejection and isolation of Israel, he was accused of betraying the Arab cause in the region by moving toward a separate peace. His sin: paying attention to what was good for the Egyptian people, rather than holding strong on the issue of the Palestinians. Sadat was not immune to the criticism and sought to push Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin to commit to independence for the Palestinians. Begin would not go there, but he did talk about autonomy for the Palestinians.

More significantly, Sadat never gave in to the pressure from the Arab world. What they called a “separate peace” was to Sadat a smart peace.

All this comes to mind these days as more and more Arab states are initiating their own “separate peaces.” This time around, however, we are mostly hearing accusations against those Arab states normalizing with Israel coming from the Palestinians themselves, rather than........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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