Making the Grade


It’s been 65 years since the founding of the State of Israel and overall results, so far, would appear to indicate… what?

That nothing of any great substance has been settled between Israelis and their Arab neighbours nor is there much likelihood that this will change for the better in the foreseeable future. The same areas of contention are still in dispute, there has been no let-up in the continual level of violence; very little progress can be discerned despite huge investments of blood and treasure made during nearly seven decades of virtual stalemate and prolonged conflict.

Why should this situation have remained in being for so long?

The brightest and the best have pondered, cogitated and generally striven to find some way out but, to date, not a one has ever succeeded. The problem has persisted across generations and straddled centuries. Such is its grip upon time that its presence now seems permanently assured, almost guaranteed to outlast all those seeking its demise and final dissolution. To view the matter in anything of a more positive light demands an optimism of the highest order imaginable.

So, let’s be pessimistic instead and assume that, unless conditions dramatically improve in the days ahead, events must take their course and consequences even more unpleasant than those already experienced will follow.

If such is indeed the case, then it may well be in all our interests to apply more drastic measures by which certain relevant issues may then be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

‘You’ll never make the grade at anything by always playing it safe.’

Especially when ‘safe’ has this tendency to become very ‘unsafe’ at almost every opportunity.

About the Author
Engineer, Virgo - now retired having worked 30 years in the field of medical diagnostic imaging for a major German multinational. Based in UK .