Time has a habit of running out for all of us. (To quote Tony B and John K among others lately on the subject of the two-state solution.)

The end result is called Death and its entrance often comes far earlier than expected. But, for most of us, this is a natural consequence of life and has been so since the dawn of human existence.

Middle East Peace, on the other hand, exhibits no such similar tendency to pop up unannounced; its constant absence denotes its only real claim to fame. Indeed, the void left by its non-appearance has had to be filled chiefly by Death itself. And on rather too many occasions. But Death, ever eager to please, seems more than willing to take up the slack.

Peace may be reluctant to move into the limelight because it fears Death has always had the best lines and a more dominant role to play. Then it must be time to rewrite the script and recast Peace as a stronger and more virile character, one that ultimately wins out in the last act, even as the curtain falls.


Even Death would find it impossible to upstage this scenario.