John Cronin

The complete idiot’s guide to Mideast peace – part 175


Kerry heads to Cairo to broker Israel-Gaza ceasefire | The Times of Israel  ‘US secretary of state flies to Egyptian capital to join mediation efforts; some American officials reportedly warned him against it’

‘Gaza crisis: UN calls for cease fire after emergency session’  – BBC

‘Gaza crisis: Barack Obama calls for immediate ceasefire as fighting goes on’ – The Guardian

Maybe it’s just me but do I detect a certain worldwide weariness in reactions to what has taken place and is still happening in the region?

Yes, there are these obligatory calls for a ceasefire between Palestinians and Israelis, various political machines gearing up once again to take issue with both sets of combatants and wheels are in motion to stop the fighting in much the same time-honoured manner as always.

But it’s a storyline that’s been repeated so often that it almost feels like it’s being done by rote, automatically..There is a certain remoteness now about efforts seeking cessation of the violence, a lack of urgency in the matter and a feeling of increasing futility at the constant failure rate in ceasefires that produce little more than a short-lived hiatus before the next session has to start up all over again.

To some extent, this may be understandable, a reflex action conditioned by so many past reiterations of the very same thing.and their constant refusal to demonstrate more positive and long lasting results.

So, why bother this time? What’s in it for the rest of us? We know the situation is beyond solution, an awareness born out of 66 long years of trying – and failing – to find one. What then is there left for us to do but wash our hands of the whole affair and leave it all up to G-d, or to fate or to whoever is strong enough to survive whatever happens next?

Well, there is this: – ‘ for those of us with better things to do.’

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