May 23, 2011 1:14 AM

Commentary: Middle East peace remains an elusive dream

It wasn’t very long ago when optimists and realists could agree on one point: The outline of a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians was clearly visible. Peace seemed within reach. The so-called Clinton parameters had built a tacit understanding of what it would take to create a Palestinian state and bring an end to the long-running Arab-Israeli conflict. One more determined effort, it seemed, could bring the sides together. But the dizzying march of events in the Middle East has trampled over that scenario.

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