The world today is divided in its loyalties, such as they are, towards Israelis and Palestinians. How the percentages add up is impossible to say but neither side helps its case by allowing virtually free rein to what has been the status quo for decades.

No new dynamic has visited the scene in generations; no modus operandi stands ready to redirect matters so that prospects for a better future can be realised, even guaranteed.

It’s almost as if, having embarked upon so extended a conflict, a condition not dissimilar to that of Stockholm Syndrome has arisen. All the participants, long locked into this 65 year-old drama, may have become so addicted to their captive state that a perverse dependency on its continuation now exists. Could this be one reason why, no matter what remedial measures are presented, these are unconsciously opposed by an irrational desire to prolong the situation and thus make exit from it all the more impossible?

For most addictions, there is such a thing as ‘going cold turkey’. It can be a method whereby significant success may be achieved but in which withdrawal symptoms are easily perceived as the greatest threat to positive progress. Too abrupt a turn-off in hostilities here creates an inertia that only serves to reignite the battlefield once again. There has to be a programmed response in place, an orderly dismount from the back of a beast ever ready to take flight at the slightest impulse.

Even ‘cold turkey’ can require the strongest of coping mechanisms to survive the initial stages of a recovery fought in face of the most tenacious and longlasting circumstances.