Livni slams MKs for ad warning PM not to freeze settlements | The Times of Israel 

In a not unexpected turn of events, it seems that some Israeli (and Palestinian) politicians cannot muster the necessary courage – or it could be blind optimism – to make any really significant concessions to the agendas or points of view as stated by those on the opposite bench.

This is hardly surprising when the consequences of giving away too much might easily come to haunt these very same people and in ways ranging from the very unpleasant to that of being downright lethal.

And so the situation persists, much as it has always done for generations, a puzzle without a solution and no possibility of an end to it in sight. Even divine intervention at some stage might still leave many questions unanswered, with feelings of intense disappointment rampant inside every human heart. The failure to overcome problems inherent in such a complex and unforgiving set of circumstances is then likely to rankle throughout the rest of eternity. Now there’s a prospect that really should be avoided at all costs.

The question is this: How to become masters of this very persistent dispute and not remain locked in its service for decades yet to come?

Mastery here will demand more than just a hesitant gathering of various groups and interested parties. Mr. Kerry’s undoubted industry notwithstanding, this latest coming together of delegates from the major players can never produce the motivation needed for any permanent peace settlement. Underwriting that sort of outcome will require a degree of lateral thinking quite a ways beyond the customary reach of mankind’s everyday mental and physical prowess.

But it has often been a function of the human condition that, in cases of extreme necessity, the limits confining thought and progress to very low levels of expectation can actually be far exceeded, much to the surprise and delight of those previously engaged in the long search for remedies.

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