The complete idiot’s guide to Mideast peace – part 130


Palestinians turning to UN Security Council to halt West Bank raids | The Times of Israel  As campaign to find three kidnapped teens continues, Palestinian official charges Israel of ‘terrorizing a captive population’

Appealing to the UN Security Council may seem like something of a token gesture here but it has a validity of sorts. Only some internationally accepted body, one external to the situation, is capable of reaching a decision having any meaningful consequence in such matters. The UN, however, riven as it is with so many divergent agendas on the twin issues of Palestinian and Israeli sovereignty, must remain an unlikely candidate for imposing any form of short or long-term solution.

So, can the world ever reach consensus on a problem where agreement on what to do and how to go forward has never once seemed feasible?  – ‘ for those of us with better things to do.’

At least this way, a result of some substance can be expected; it’s as fair a disposition as is ever likely to be attained and we all are finally able to cut short what promises to be an extremely lengthy extension in a conflict now already well into its seventh decade.

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