Why is it that, with one year following on from the next, prospects for resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict still seem to be no closer than before? After 65 of them have gone by, there is, as yet, no pending arrival of its termination nor has any deciding factor evolved to adequately address so intractable a problem.

The present US-brokered peace initiative has a long way to go before it returns a unanimous verdict on just how to proceed. Some, it may be said, are of the opinion that no conclusion will ever be reached and yet one more opportunity for disposal of all outstanding issues will again have come to naught.

It seems then that sustainability and real progress in such talks can never be entertained in any shape or form, not unless an external lightning rod exists to absorb and divert the energy and confusion attaching to so much of the incidents and constant bickering surrounding the subject.

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At a single stroke, a myriad problems are resolved, previously insuperable barriers are thrown down and humanity reaffirms its status as the most dominant lifeform on the planet; its intellect and ability to adapt under seemingly impossible circumstances coming through in the end.

Well, why not? It’s not as if there is anything else even remotely capable of dealing with the matter.

‘All else is folly’    Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.

Shall we inform Messrs. Kerry and others to be so advised?