Correction Appended: May 30, 2013

Why China Can't Solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Having emerged as an economic colossus and military power, the People's Republic of China achieves what other global heavyweights could not: a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. It's an enticing narrative. But could the four-point peace plan that Chinese President Xi Jinping pitched on May 7 to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas--who left Beijing just before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived--actually work?

"I can give you a one-word answer: no," says Gerald Steinberg, professor of political studies at Bar Ilan University in Israel. The reality, for now,...

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