Sunday, January 7, 2007

The Illusion of Israel as lynchpin to peace

History Moves On....
Opportunities for new political realities must be seized upon when myriad conditions align themelves, predisposing the players towards mutually acceptable, or even tolerable outcomes. 1947-48 was such a moment in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, the early 90's again offered unique and propitious circumstances for a solution to be realized. Sadly, the Palestinians squandered that opportunity and the door has been closed shut; of late it has been sealed tightly with the advent of an unrepentant terrorist organization at the helm of their democratically elected government.
To presume that there is anything resembling a 'peace process' between Israel and the Palestinians right now is to venture into dangerously deceptive waters. History has once again moved on and new realities will have to first be established on the Palestinian side before we can hope to see a serious dialogue re-emerge. For the moment, it is an internal affair for the Palestinians to determine; of course, Israel has a stake in the outcome, but she cannot be expected to make things right. Deterrence and patience are the order of the day.

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