The complete idiot’s guide to MidEast peace (part 13)

Kerry in Jordan in bid to salvage peace talks | The Times of Israel

One must admire the persistence and sheer dogged energy that Secretary of State Kerry has brought to this latest round of peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

And yet, after nearly nine months of ceaseless endeavour, the whole thing appears about ready to jump the rails and land once again in what looks like an awfully familiar ditch. This is a place strewn with the remnants of so many previous peace initiatives, ones that never made it far enough to be considered as contenders for a final status agreement.

But is this always to be the pattern for every one of these ventures? Is there no possibility of reaching an accommodation between both parties, an arrangement that will take matters way beyond the stage of fitful negotiations and fetch up somewhere well on the other side of continual conflict and death in ever-increasing numbers?

If there is, then it will have to be something far less ephemeral that all past and present examples of the genre. It will have to work its magic through good times and bad, maintain constant potency amid all the disputations surrounding it and emerge victorious at the end, ready to stamp out the last remaining embers of a 66 year-old conflict. – ‘for those of us with better things to do.’

‘Searching for the solution may never be enough. Sometimes, you just have to be the solution.’ ( Anonymous.)

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