The question of what will be the future disposition of Palestinian minors as regards Israel is a serious cause for concern. So also is the legitimacy or otherwise of Israeli settlements, both past and present.

Will the current peace negotiators be able to address such issues? Or are these matters far too esoteric for inclusion in their deliberations?

If nothing else, both questions underline the enormous difficulties confronting any group of people tasked with finding a workable solution to problems such as these.

With so many minds on either side having long been moulded by the conflict and its consequences, the ability to project a newfound consciousness into every one of them does seem a remote possibility. But, if the overall situation cannot be changed by any positive or radical means, then neither can the negative characteristics of mentalities conditioned by decades of deadly dispute and the continual failure of peacemakers.

It appears then that a way must be found to create peace even if there are those whose present temperament will never admit to such a thing.

‘They make a desert and call it peace.’

But, sometimes, even a desert can be made to bloom.