Will The Latest Israel-Hezbollah War Lead To Peace?The 1973 Arab-Israeli war lead few years later to peace between Israel and Egypt. The 1991 Gulf War was followed months later by the Madrid peace conference. In 1993, the Palestinians signed a peace agreement with Israel and Jordan became the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state a year later.
The question today is whether the 34-day war between Israel and Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group will lead to a peace agreement in the near future.
Less than a week before hostilities ended, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are planning to put forward a peace plan to the U.N. next month.
At the same time, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni appointed Yakov Dayan to be a "project manager" for possible peace talks with Syria.
Peace talks between Syria, Lebanon and Israel have been stalled for six years.
In 1993, just after the Oslo agreement was signed I was chatting with a colleague in Cyprus about the future of the Middle East and we were both wondering how the region will look like 10 years later. We thought the future will be better and that decades of war were coming to an end and the people of the region will start living an era of stability.
We were wrong. Thousands of people have been killed since then.
Lets hope that the future is better this time.
Beirut August 20, 2006