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It seems there are those willing to take on some very risky and uncertain ventures in pursuit of a better life while others are content to stay with what has long been the status quo and wait to see how that turns out.

In the case of Israelis and Palestinians, it’s been more than 66 years of living (and dying) with risks that vary in degree from the mundane to the absolutely deadly. The consequences that flow from their special type of enforced relationship are well known. As many as 120,000 lives have already been lost as a direct result of the conflict, a situation in which both sides have found neither resolution nor remedy, signifying that there can only be more of the same to come.

It has been a long and painful journey, one to which many of those taking part have fallen victim along the way. How many of these might still be with us if a somewhat different path had been chosen?

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For everyone in the region, playing safe has never been a real option. But playing safer might be something to consider, especially if all concerned are prepared to take new risks along what would be a very different path.