Rock and a Hard Place

The constant litany in every Israeli-Palestinian peace process, overture, initiative, conference, accord or whatever other name seems suitable, is one where both sides must come together in common cause against the long endured situation in which each has found themselves. This perfect degree of united action, of course, has never been realised in all of the 65 years and more since hostilities first took place.

And yet it is still this single objective that must become reality if any hope for eventual resolution of the conflict is to be achieved. But generations have come and gone, decades have passed by without the slightest prospect of such close and essential cooperation. And day after day sees that faint possibility receding even further into the far distance.

But it may be possible to construct a fair approximation of such unity if a form of mutual self-interest becomes the dominant factor in how certain matters are to proceed.

Radical, different, extreme and even desperate as this may seem, it, nevertheless, is now the only process through which any real progress can ever hope to be made. The alternative is to stay stuck between that proverbial rock and a hard place, an exceedingly uncomfortable spot but one very familiar to Israelis and Palestinians like. And, after such a lengthy confinement in that position, I imagine any type of release from such cramped quarters would certainly be more than welcome.

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