Sometimes even the most unlikely methods can produce spectacular results.
‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ with Israel, PA says. Times of Israel: November 11, 2013
The point that should be made abundantly clear is that a deal between Israelis and Palestinians is just not going to happen overnight, not without having some means of addressing the diametrically opposed positions that both sides have always adopted in their attitudes towards each other.
Israel cannot feel in any way physically or psychologically safe if major territorial regions are ceded to the Palestinians. Equally, Palestinians have no option other than to demand such concessions as their rightful due, compensation for the decades of struggle against Israel and all the pain, indignity and suffering that has befallen them as a result.
Thus the familiar impasse is arrived at once again and the entire matter remains bogged down in negotiations and expectations, none of which can ever amount to an outcome either party could live with for very long.
Something needs to be done to prevent these core considerations from impacting so adversely on whatever series of small steps toward peace one or both of the protagonists here might be willing to take.
Nearly a century ago today, Armistice Day, a deal was made, struck, brokered, forced upon nations and powers locked in the most costly and devastating conflict that had ever been waged by man upon his fellow man. It stopped that war, WW1 and, for a while, peace of a sort prevailed throughout regions and countries previously engaged in bitter battles for years on end. But that peace was handled badly and another war, one of even greater dimension and devastation became the result.
Has mankind learned anything at all from so much carnage, catastrophe and everything else that has happened since then?
Only by forcing another kind of ‘Armistice’ on combatants currently in dispute might we ever find out if such has been the case.