Bringing about a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis is task made supremely difficult by a variety of factors.
Their conflict has been in progress for well over 65 years. Hard to stop such a thing now, not for any decent length of time anyway.
Their mindsets are conditioned by what has happened in the past, giving rise to heartfelt fears about an uncertain future and what may then be in store.
Their leaders are constrained to follow party and religious lines; when they do not, even from the very best of motives, their hold on power diminishes and this, in turn, reduces their ability to function in any truly independent or constructive manner.
But the predominant reason why peace has been so very elusive over the years is simply because no one has known how to engineer its arrival and its permanent residence thereafter.
And why is this?
The two sides here are pulling in directions totally at odds with one another; each has a set of dreams that double as nightmare scenarios in the minds of both. For peace to take hold and flourish under such conditions requires a new reality to surface, something that balances out fears and hopes in equal measure and, in doing so, creates opportunities for a better tomorrow and a brighter future.
As current peace talks pick their slow and perilous way towards whatever outcome lies ahead, it might be good to note that, should they fail to succeed, at least one very last option can still be made available.