Ariel: Livni failed miserably, wants to blame me

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Blame is usually something to be avoided, swiftly sidestepped and with as much distance placed between it and oneself as is humanly possible.

No one likes being blamed for anything. This is especially so if matters of life and death might figure prominently in such a judgement.

And yet, like most negatives, there can also be a positive side, a clear and exceptional arrangement whereby blame may be configured to play an important and an essentially constructive role.

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In this scenario, blame exists entirely as a separate entity, distilled out and away from all of that familiar, human fallibility so often associated with its employment. With this concept in place, there is little room for doubt or disagreement, no heated arguments, nothing of misadventure or bias; the matters and questions involved are, in every way, crystal-clear as to their purpose, their disposition and their result.

Here blame may still be feared. But no longer can it be questioned, avoided or ignored as has frequently been the case in times gone by. Throughout generally all of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle for closure in one form or another, blame has proved to be the biggest stumbling block for any peaceful resolution.

How strange then that it might also become the greatest asset in the quest for final settlement of so intractable and longstanding a contest.

So, it turned out to be such an easy thing to do after all. Well, how were we to know?