It will probably be sooner rather than later that all parties will recognize the fact that the process aiming to establish two states in Palestine, in an attempt to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has been dead for some time. For those unwilling to see the daylight at noon, whether they admit it or not, we are decidedly marching towards the one bi-national state over the whole of Palestine.
The following link connects to an Aljazeera-published article by Robert Grenier with the title “The endgame for the peace process” in which Grenier offers an interesting reading of the current American-lead efforts to revive the so-called “direct negotiations” between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the state of Israel:
Robert Grenier was the CIA’s chief of station in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 1999 to 2002. He was also the director of the CIA’s counter-terrorism centre.
“There are growing signs, however, that the realisation is beginning to dawn in Ramallah, Tel Aviv and, most strikingly, Washington, that the peace process, as currently conceived, may finally be dead.”
“The Obama administration is coming under heavy criticism for having no plan which extends beyond the 90 days, if they can get them. There is no plan for a 91st day because there is unlikely to be one. The Obama policy, absurd as it seems, is to somehow extend the peace process marginally, and hope for a miracle. The demise of that hope carries with it the clear and present danger that residual aspirations for a two-state solution will shortly be extinguished with it.”
“Even as ardent a Likudnik as Dan Meridor has recently said to Haaretz: ‘I’ve reached the painful conclusion that keeping all the territory means a binational state that will endanger the Zionist enterprise. If we have to give up the Jewish and democratic character (of the state) – I prefer to give up some of the territory.’”
“The terminal gloom among the tired leadership of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is palpable. They will not allow themselves to be openly complicit in a negotiated capitulation to Israel, and yet they cannot bring themselves to irrevocably abandon the process either.”
Read and reflect!
Hope is the stuff from which life is made!