100 years after Balfour

Whereas in the past, the fate of the region was largely dictated by outside powers, today the region’s destiny lies mostly in the hands of the independent Arab peoples, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

The 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, the 70 years since the partition resolution, and the 50 years since the June war all tell the story of a huge tragedy, but one that compels us to read it again rather than to lament over the ruins. More importantly, perhaps, is the need to reread with an eye fixed on the future. The Arab Peace Initiative may be the key to determining how to arrange things in a region that has never experienced order unless some outside powers imposed it, as was the case with Britain and its promises. After all, what is there to prevent us, the now independent peoples of this region, from undertaking this task today?
Read this fascinating analysis in Weekly Ahram by Abdel-Moneim Said