The complete idiot’s guide to MidEast peace (part80)


‘Yuval Steinitz says PA president waked away from the peace table, notes Israel will survive with or without peace deal’

Top minister: Abbas torpedoed talks by refusing Kerry meet | The Times of Israel

It would seem apparent from this that Israel is in no mood to be pushed around, not by the US, nor by anyone else for that matter.

The same might be said of the Palestinian powers-that-be. As the world’s nominated underdog here, they cannot afford to ease up on the position they’ve adopted without appearing weak and pliable in the face of Israeli intransigence.

As for the rest of us, it seems we are even more at a loss, unable to push matters along and certainly not in any direction likely to result in peace and final settlement of the many issues outstanding.

But, if the Arabs, the Americans, the Chinese, the Europeans, the Israelis, the Palestinians, the Russians and sundry others cannot put Humpty-Dumpty back together again, then just who is it that can? Little green men from Mars? People from Alpha Centauri? Or regions even further afield?

So what if, after every possible option has been explored, no suitable candidate can now be found as a viable alternative to the others? Have all areas of expertise in these matters been well and truly fished out?

Then the only thing left is the situation itself, a puzzle that has waited for a solution these past 66 years but received nothing of the kind; no final outcome, no respite from its own internal drives, no fall of the curtain upon so dramatic and costly a performance.

But, if all that is left is, indeed, the situation, can we look to it becoming the final arbiter of its own demise and dissolution? – ‘ for those of us with better things to do.’

Well, is there today or in the near future anything better that we can do? If so, then let’s hear about it. And, preferably, as soon as possible.



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