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.