The early release of Palestinian prisoners may be seen today as vital to the start and sustainability of the current peace process. If this turns out to be the case, then well and good; the gamble will have paid off and a better disposal of this 65 years-old stalemate can be expected, a positive return on the all the risks that needed to be taken.
But, if the gamble does not pay off and these present negotiations break down, no agreement having been reached and no discernible progress made, what happens next? What, if anything, will have been achieved?
The principal result will be to reinforce the already strongly held suspicion that no power on earth is ever going to bring the two sides together and any further attempt to do so must remain equally doomed to failure. The matter will admit of no solution, is beyond all remedy and must therefore await whatever fate has in store; humanity’s capacity for resolving such problems is, once again, exceeded by the enormity of the task confronting it.
Then maybe that capacity needs to be seriously augmented, cranked up to such a high order of magnitude that success can then be virtually guaranteed from the very start.
A problem is often reduced in size and complexity by the simple expedient of having a second and far greater one waiting in line to take its place.