There it is again, that same familiar image of a burnt-out car displaying all the signs of malicious damage and intentional defacement to its previously pristine exterior.

A car burned in an apparent 'price tag' attack in the Palestinian village of Madama, in the northern West Bank, January 8, 2014. (photo credit: Rabbis For Human Rights)

And, as ever, the same thought enters my mind. Does the unfortunate owner of this vehicle have sufficient insurance cover to repair or replace what was once his pride and joy in the field of personal transportation?

What if he doesn’t? Then his pain and loss is made all the more acute by such a circumstance. Where then is his redress? What compensation can he expect? Is there some formula that re-balances the unfairness and sense of injustice he must feel after so dastardly a deed?

But if there is none, what will be his next move? Does he have a next move? Or will his anger and resentment be such that all he can do is respond in kind, venting his frustration in acts of similar destruction with these, perhaps, causing even more grievous harm?

Here we have the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in microcosm, a never-ending cycle of moves and counter-moves, inflicting massive suffering on millions and incurring enormous expense year in, year out. And all because there is no insurance policy in place to handsomely defray the costs, both physical and mental, that must attend so constant a conflict.

Then maybe it’s time there was one.

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In certain parts of the world, some premiums may have to be very high to take on the risks involved. But, to safeguard the lives of millions and the hopes of generations, can there ever be a premium that is too high?