Our ever innocent president seems to have decided that he and friends are going to straighten out the whole Arab-Israeli impasse in a couple of years. That's how long he, his secretary of state,
Sound familiar? It should. Because that's just what the UN set out to do in 1947 -- only then it was dubbed Partition and now it's called the two-state solution. We can all see how well that worked out.
That same "solution" has been proposed time and again over the course of this century and the last. Its history goes back at least to 1937, when it was the recommendation of the
No, the Jews weren't happy with splitting the disputed land, either, for it had already been divided again and again by then. Lest we forget, there was a time when
As with the recommendation of the
The challenge of finding a fair solution to this not just old but ancient conflict has been around not just for years or centuries but millennia. It has stymied some of the greatest empire-builders of the past. Including the Romans, the Ottoman Turks, the British ... but none have been able to make this one stubborn little people from complicating their best-laid plans.
Whether called Israelites or Judeans at the time, they refused to disappear from history's stage and empire's sway. It's just about enough to convince one that there is some kind of divine imperative at work here, unacceptable as such a theory is in this secular age.
It takes remarkable naivete, not to say hubris, to think it will take only a couple of years to have
The essential problem with glib "solutions" like the latest one out of this administration may be that the Arab aim in this "peace process" has never been to create still another Arab state in the