The complete idiot’s guide to Middle East peace (part7)

Washington reportedly fears collapse of peace talks | The Times of Israel

If it’s already proving to be such heavy going in securing an agreement, non-binding at that, just to prolong current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, then imagine what a superhuman undertaking will be needed to pull off the real deal.

I say forget it. Doing this sort of stuff in the conventional manner has got us all precisely nowhere.

It demeans us as a race of intelligent beings.

It costs a fortune every single day to maintain even the pretext of these discussions.

It ties up vast amounts of political capital merely to keep negotiations in being, let alone on track.

It does nothing to stop the violence so prevalent, so endemic to the region in question.

It holds out the faint hope that something might be resolved eventually but has never looked like a winner in that respect, not even once.

It is a slow, cumbersome process that only the dullest child would put up with for more than a day or two.

It is expected to fail miserably (see headline); there is now vanishingly small chance that it will deliver any peace agreement whatsoever except, perhaps, that of the most innocuous variety possible.

It is a complete waste of time, a massage parlour for egos and minds too small to recognise its obvious futility and lack of worth. And wasting time here has its consequences. These will be the extra number of lives that today and tomorrow must bring to a sudden and premature end.

So, having ripped the thing to shreds in a fairly comprehensive fashion, what is there with which WE can fill the space that is left? – ‘for those of us with better things to do.’

Well, what else can we do? Feedback please!

Do try to be constructive here. I, for one, am immensely tired of all the reasons why nothing can be done: There is no partner for peace, we can’t trust them, they can’t trust us, military considerations override all peace initiatives, G-d has commanded it otherwise, Allah is all-knowing and so on and so forth.

And, if that is still the best you can do, it’s nowhere near good enough.

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