The Middle East Conflict
Original post made by Walter Sedriks, Downtown North, on Jan 19, 2009
The leaders of both of the main protagonists continue to show monumental stupidity. One wonders how long it will take leaderships like Hamas to abandon their death-cult mentality and realize that Israel is here to stay: Another 50 years? Or, for the Israeli leaderships to recognize that settlement policies have led to a situation where a two-state solution is close to becoming an impossibility: That a single state with a Palestinian majority is the likely end result. What then?
Even George Bush realized that a Swiss-cheese Palestine, like apartheid-era South Africa, is a ludicrous concept. Unfortunately the mainstream press manages to avoid publishing maps showing West-Bank settlements, so that most people have no idea of the settlement extent and are often astounded when they first see such a map e.g.,
An interesting take on the current Gaza conflict is given by a former Israeli soldier, now a Professor at Oxford University, who concludes that Israel foolishly still continues to choose land over peace:
Occasionally after exhausting periods of major conflict a window in time opens when solutions become possible, as happened in Ireland. With hopefully a strong push from our incoming administration, there's at least a tiny glimmer of hope that we are on the verge of a possible solution.