Time for an Anwar Sadat Moment in the Middle East

How looking back to a moment in history could be a guide to solving the conflict between Hamas and Israel.

If to a hammer, everything looks like a nail, then to the State Department, every crisis looks like an opportunity for a diplomatic process. Sometimes, however, doing nothing can be the best strategy. When Palestinian politicians and the broader public recognize that terror will undermine their dreams, rather than enable them to win at the bargaining table what they cannot on the battlefield, then perhaps they can have an Anwar Sadat moment, compromise and win their state.


Michael Rubin is author of Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes (Encounter, 2014).