SHORT TERM SOLUTION: Opinion by B. Kimball
I am glad to see that a cease-fire has been agreed to in Gaza
but I don't see this leading to any long term peace agreement.
Why am I such a pessimist ?
For any negotiations to be successful, two things are essential.
Both sides must separate egos from issues and both sides must
recognize the difference between what they want and what they actually need.
Neither of these are taking place today.
The leaders of both Israel and the Palestinians seem more concerned
with retaining their support and power than resolving this conflict.
They both portray the other side as an evil enemy to be hated and feared.
They can then claim to be defenders of their people and maintain their
positions of power.
In terms of wants and needs, what both peoples need is peace but their
wants are making this an impossibility.
Listening to interviews with Palestinians in Gaza, I keep hearing how they
want justice and revenge. Sadly, they will never obtain justice and when
they take revenge it only insures the continuation of this conflict.
When I listen to Israelis, I hear they want total security and revenge.
Sadly, total security is an impossibility. As long as there are people who
hate, fanatics who will die for their beliefs, no nation can ever be totally
secure. When they react to acts of violence with more violence and
innocent civilians suffer the consequences, they insure that this conflict
We can debate, we can argue about who is right, who is wrong, who are
the victims and who are the perpetrators, who is guilty or innocent but this
serves no purpose.
As long as both sides demand what they want, they will never obtain what
they truly need, PEACE !