What has the Iranian nuclear deal achieved apart from buying a little more time for resolving a situation that threatens to take the whole region to an entirely new level, one even more dangerous than anything previously encountered?

Well, it has bought us half a year in which to find a solution but, for something that started in being nearly seven decades ago, a further six months of even the most diligent searching is unlikely to turn up anything that hasn’t been tried or thought of before.

It seems to me that, in Middle Eastern affairs, this latest development is just another symptom that confirms the failure of Arab and Jew to live peaceably together, unable to coexist in a part of the world that has seen nothing but continual confrontation throughout much of modern history,

The very familiarity of conflict and the ease with which it maintains itself as the principal way to settle old scores while creating and maintaining new ones, may hold the key to so long-standing a problem.

If we were all to overlay or even replace this old and very conventional approach with that of its polar opposite, one of repulsion rather than attraction, then a means of ending what has been a most prolonged and extremely tenacious struggle on all sides must present itself in fairly rapid succession.

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It’s often from deep within ourselves that the real enemy is to be found.

And only there can such an opponent ever be successfully defeated.