After what must seem like an eternity, is it possible to see an ending to these 65 years of conflict and hostility between Israelis and Palestinians? Has the answer finally been figured out and is there now only the need to apply that answer so that violence and hatred can be removed from what has been an all too familiar state of affairs for generations?
No, I’m not referring to the current peace initiative that’s flickered into fitful life over the last few months. That must take its own course and deliver what it may in the time allotted to it.
This concerns a more basic understanding of the root cause denying resolution to a contest for survival that has lasted well into seven decades. And the understanding reveals a fundamental flaw in the processes trying to extract peace from a situation that will have none of it.
Peace cannot come from concessions, treaties, bribes, appeals to reason, partial accommodation or any of the other tactics employed to bring it into being.
Because the very nature of Man, in its most primitive form, will admit of no solution other than total victory or total defeat. It cannot be persuaded by half measures or piecemeal solutions. Only when either of these two conditions are faced does the prospect of peace come fully into its own.
So, for peace to become a reality, it will first be necessary to engineer an elemental version of victory or defeat. Once this is done, what follows is inevitable.
Victory or defeat. When it is made this easy to claim either one, the surprising result for both sides is to back away and not to choose. Peace then arrives on scene and takes up station as the only natural alternative.