Are we about to see the latest in a long line of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians? A few straws in the wind would seem to indicate this might soon take place.

Given the fact that it’s been more than four years since the last such get-together, it comes as something of a relief to know that the process can still be resurrected, tentative arrangements made for actual discussion and all this, presumably, at some suitably non-aligned venue.

But why has it taken over four long years to reach this stage? Why only now?

Shouldn’t the quest for peace have always been an active, ongoing operation; no time-outs allowed, no breaks in continuity, no refusal to talk matters through until some hard and fast agreement has been reached?

Ideally, yes.

However, events, circumstances and human failure do have this nasty habit of frustrating such intentions and, each time this happens, prospects for peace recede that much further into the background. Quite where they are now is anybody’s guess.

But what if events, circumstances and human failure could be largely taken out of the equation, their negative influence rendered null and void?

But hasn’t that been the problem all along? The situation itself promotes and sustains such negativity by reason of its very conflicted nature. Eradicating this climate, one of mutual hostility and mistrust, has never been achieved in all of the past 65 years and more. What on earth could make that happen now, here in 2013?

Could the introduction of a colder, far more unforgiving climate take the heat out of so much antagonism, cold enough to kill off every one of those persistent bad feelings or cause them to go into long-term hibernation, a sleep from which no awakening might then be possible?

There is something to be said for cold equations. And often, it would seem to be ‘the colder the better.’