With 'shuttle diplomacy,' step by step, Kissinger chased the possible in the Mideast

LONDON (AP) — When it came to the Middle East, Henry Kissinger wasn't pushing for peace — only for what was possible.

By the time , the agreements he negotiated as United States secretary of state between Israel, Egypt and Syria stabilized borders for nearly half a century after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. His work and the pacts it produced sidelined the Soviet Union and set the U.S. as the region's chief negotiator.

But Kissinger did not resolve the fate of the Palestinians — indeed, no one has — and his legacy in the Mideast remains debated.

He saw decades of Israeli occupation and growing rage among Palestinians and lived long enough to see storm out of the Gaza Strip Oct. 7 and kill about 1,200 people in Israel on the since the Holocaust.

Kissinger, a Jew who fled Nazi Germany with his family when he was 15, posed a query two weeks before his death about whether Israel can now deal with not just threats from states like Iran, but also the fury of militants that was evident in the Oct. 7 rampage.