Decades after decades as leaders come and go; the Arab-Israeli Conflict appears like an undisturbed obstacle for the Mid East peace. Everybody sit on the pot, yet nobody shit. The United States, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League, as they all sit on the pot threshing out deals, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinian shit or budge their position – one-upmanship always rule, using history their scapegoat. Yet the irony is, though insincerity seeps, they keep talking to seek a breakthrough: Because neither of the two could live with status quo. Israel, no matter how mighty their military can not beat suicide bomber. The Palestine on the other hand could only dream on for their independent and viable state.
U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated the Mid East policy espoused by his three predecessors: He said, “Arab-Israeli conflict should be resolved along “the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” This time, Obama declared it publicly, whereas before this policy was under wrap of some sort.
Obama’s public declaration spurred numerous commentaries. It angered Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, because that would mean Israel would give more while the Palestinian complained because they will get less.
Today’s reality, though, speak of new dynamics which can entail mix signal; either it can put a new stumbling block or it can gain momentum towards peace. The intransigence of both parties is given. The “Arab Spring” that has taken shape in the region – authoritarian governments began to fall starting with Tunisia, followed by Egypt, and next in line is Libya, Yemen, and Syria. These new realities can somehow soften the stance of Israel. Fatah and Hamas get unified aiming to get a nod from the United Nation for a Palestinian State, which can be a punch on the moon until Hamas renounced violence and recognize the right of Israel to exist. Egypt re-opening of Rafah’s border crossing which facilitate people’s and munitions’ movement from Egypt to Gaza for which the Hamas then were able to fly rockets to Israel, with Israel retaliating with great fury creating havoc and destruction to lives and properties of Gaza’s residents.
Given to Obama’s penchant for crunching variables and coming out as always with judicious solutions and decisions, he might be able to crack the impasse of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Of course, only if everybody sit on the pot, and shit, too, at the same time.