Helmut Kohl was an unlikely political heavyweight, but his relentless drive helped put East and West back together.
Josef Joffe serves on the editorial board of "Die Zeit," the German weekly. A fellow of Stanford’s Hoover Institution, he teaches international politics at the university. His most recent book is "The Myth of America’s Decline." Follow him on Twitter: @joejoffe.
Imagine that Israel never existed. Would the economic malaise and political repression that drive angry young men to become suicide bombers vanish? Would the Palestinians have an independent state? Would the United States, freed of its burdensome ally, suddenly find itself beloved throughout the Muslim world? Wishful thinking. Far from creating tensions, Israel actually contains more antagonisms than it causes.