So there are now a few new straws in the wind concerning the on/off peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis. And Mr. Kerry’s next visit to the region might be just enough to set such negotiations back on track and in motion.

Maybe. Could be. It’s a possibility, no more than that.

Well, these are positive signs if nothing else; they might lead on to something much more tangible in due course. But this road has been travelled so many times before and always without any sense of real achievement in prospect. Will this next expedition into the unknown be, in any way, significantly different? The odds today do not appear in favour of such an outcome.

So, can they be reduced to give some hope for a final status agreement?

The problem has always been one of dynamics. How to get a vehicle moving in a certain direction when the terrain ahead of it has proved impossible to traverse for well over 65 years. If the top speed attained never rises much above that of a barely perceptible crawl, where then is the incentive for any of the passengers to get on board in the first place?

With this in mind, a serious upgrade in transportation should now be considered. This would require a conveyance of far greater specification than the present one; a machine possessed of a vastly more powerful engine, an immense carrying capacity and something akin to a tracked method of propulsion rather than the more conventional wheeled variety.

The case for using this type of locomotion is obvious. Nothing could then stand in its path. Even if obstacles did get in the way, their very presence would only add to the already massive amount of traction available for its onward travel.

After 65 years of getting nowhere, this version of a 21st century juggernaut will definitely guarantee arrival at journey’s end, even if it has to move heaven and earth in the process.

Which, if necessary, can easily be done.