The gap between Israelis and Palestinians may now be narrowing thanks to the sterling efforts of Mr.Kerry and all those others involved but everyone knows it can so easily widen again should events take a turn for the worse. Which they are ever inclined to do in this part of the world.

To predict the chances for any actual closure of the gap, whether they consist of political, economic or just the plain communal variety, a marked degree of certainty about the future is an absolute must.

But certainty has never been a feature in the region; no crystal ball, no time machine with the ability to probe ahead into tomorrow and beyond, no convenient deity to guarantee results. At present, there is only the hope that matters will come right in the end, a faint expectation that, if commitments hold, if human beings remain resolute, if the cards fall favourably, then, eventually, peace will prevail and all will be well.

Somehow, I feel there is need of a much more tangible and regulated method of approach if any certainty at all is to be implanted in the minds and actions of the vast majority of those affected by this situation.

And they would be the sum total of humanity and whoever else then gets to inherit this ever enduring problem.

Absolute certainty. And then some.