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The case for scrupulous optimism in the Middle East

Barriers to a two-state solution are gradually being torn down.

By Alan Johnson  

"Real progress has been made." Kerry speaking with Michael Oren, US ambassador to Israel, in April. (Image: US Dept of State Media)


“Unscrupulous optimism” was a very useful expression coined by the German philosopher Arnold Schopenhauer to capture that kind of hope that has become detached from evidence and so is dangerously delusionary.

There has been no shortage of commentators who have accused the US Secretary of State John Kerry of this sin since…

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