John Cronin

The complete idiot’s guide to Mideast peace – part 182


Haaretz: July 23, 2014

‘UN Human Rights Council expected to launch probe into alleged Israeli war crimes’

‘Despite Israeli lobbying, Palestinians have managed to call for a vote on Wednesday on severe condemnation of IDF operation in Gaza’

In the court of world opinion, Israel appears to be headed straight into the dock once again. Whether it can answer the charges levelled against it or not, the very fact that they have been brought at all is significant in itself. It demonstrates an unwillingness by humanity at large to give Israel total freedom in its prosecution of this latest foray into Gaza.

Are the Israelis at fault here? Have they overreacted to what are very poorly aimed rocket attacks upon their territory? Maybe so, maybe not.

In any event, the situation is a mess. And the world has had its fill of such messes and may well be expecting something better of a nation renowned for finding solutions to even the most daunting of challenges.

Then is there a solution still to be found here? Or have all options been so thoroughly explored that no alternative other than direct action can possibly be taken? For those tasked with these responsibilities, the prospect of overlooking anything that might offer rescue of this predicament from its present, ill-defined course is not a pleasant one.

And just who is tasked with these responsibilities? I guess, in the end, we all are.

But do we have a solution? And is having a solution expected of us?

Well, if you think about it, who else is there left now that is able to perform this service, to play this role? – ‘ for those of us with better things to do.’


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