In the matter of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, there is only one lesson to be learned.
And every year that passes only confirms our understanding of it.
And this is that we have learned nothing except to fear what tomorrow may bring and, once in a while, to ask ourselves why we cannot overcome that fear.
But tomorrow arrives nevertheless. And, if the conflict still remains in being, then only one of three possibilities can exist.
1. The hatred, resentment and rejection that each side has for the other is now so great that both would prefer their struggle to continue on indefinitely rather than bring an end to it.
2. No one knows how to go about ending it.
3. Or if they do, then the mechanism for making this so has yet to put in an appearance.
And if ever such a mechanism can be installed, let’s all pray that things don’t get too bent out of shape before it’s up and running.
You know it makes sense. But why?
Because, after all this time, nothing else ever will.