In the first instance, we should refrain from telling everyone that there has been a resumption of peace talks when in fact there has never been any credible effort, by either side, to achieve peace. This latest episode offers no harbinger of good news, especially since one cannot have a diplomatic assembly when none of the rudimentary structures for negotiation even exist. All we have ever done is to guarantee both sides of the table there is more US money in the offing if they just hold out a little longer.
Personally, I hope Kerry is successful in bringing these two groups together, but I’m not holding my breath. One Middle Eastern diplomat observed that the opportunity for peace in Israel in waning, and I would agree with such an assessment were it not for the fact that both sides seem to gain more from conflict, than from accord. Meanwhile, following disaster after disaster in its Middle East policy, the Obama administration is damn near giddy about the prospects for peace. It is a breathtaking level of incompetence.
Meanwhile, Kerry’s one-act play is farcical in the sense that he is pretending, along with Israelis and the Palestinians, to foster a negotiated settlement. In point of fact, the Palestine Authority has no influence over the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. Hamas will never agree to a settlement with Israel. Everyone knows this, but the pretense continues. In spite of this, I heard one Middle Eastern pundit say that there has never been a greater opportunity for an accord. This is because both Hamas and Hezbollah have their hands full in Egypt. I had to laugh. Does this person think that either of the terrorist organizations is incapable of doing two things at once? My gosh, he spoke as if educated in an American public school…
I do, however, believe there is a method to Arab madness, beginning with the bottom line: Arabs are not interested in peace. They and their foremost enablers are interested in only one thing: the destruction of Israel. Complicating this issue over the past five years is this one anomaly: no one expected the US to line up with the terrorists. It remains instructive, however: the Israelis should learn never to take stock in anything that comes out of the mouth of an American diplomat.
One wonders if John Kerry is smart enough to know he’s being played as a fiddle. Historically, the Middle East peace process goes something like this: one-step forward, three steps back. It is somewhat reminiscent of the Potomac two-step, only with additional steps.
But I am interested in what readers think. Will there be a negotiated peace between Israel and Palestine —ever?