… that any single conflict in possession of a good six and a half decades of misfortune, must be in want of a closure.

Pride and prejudice; two elements that, perhaps more than most, have sustained the longevity and abiding intensity of a struggle that has been the hallmark of Israelis and Palestinians, Jew and Arab alike for much of the 20th century and, to date, all of the 21st.

But there can also be a certain pride in being able to fix something that has been broken for generations (Tikkun Olam) and in being prejudiced against a future where one year merges into the next without any lasting form of peace to mark its passage.

Will 2012 be the exception to such a transition? Or does the cycle continue ever onward, taking all of us with it?

This may be the year when we find out the answer to that question.

Might there be a pleasant surprise waiting for us?

Or is the surprise one that we must source from within ourselves?