Weekdays at 12noon on 770 AM: The Truth
Michael Medved

The missing ingredient for Middle East peace

Despite the collapse of Middle East peace talks, examples of inspiring leaders from the past show reconciliation shouldn't be impossible:

Faisal I, king of Syria and later Iraq, a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad, endorsed the idea-in 1919!-of a "national home" for the Jewish people in the Middle East. He told a Zionist banquet: "No true Arab can be suspicious or afraid of Jewish nationalism...We are demanding Arab freedom, and we should show ourselves unworthy of it, if we did not now, as I do, say to the Jews - welcome back home."

And-as recently as 1977-Egypt's Anwar Sadat went to Jerusalem to address Israel's parliament and to plead for peace, bringing a treaty that's lasted 35 years.

The missing ingredient for broader Middle East peace has always been Arab leaders of courage and vision.

ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.