I don’t know where you come down in the Israeli Palestinian issue. To me it seems like one of those intractable problems that has existed since the day I was born and will outlive me and everyone else in my generation. The Camp David Peace Accords demonstrate incremental and significant progress is possible, but the glowing coals of the fundamental conflict were never extinguished. From time to time they rekindle a flame that threatens the entire delicate region, with potentially dire consequences for the entire world. Today that flame burns again:
CBS News— Israel seemed to be preparing to step up its military operation against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Friday, as air raid sirens wailed in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and media reported another rocket had fallen near the Tel Aviv.
CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey and his team were forced by the Israeli military — along with other news crews — to move away from the border with the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, another signal pointing to a possible ground incursion into the tiny Palestinian territory.
The probem as I see it isn’t religion or wealth or greed or list for power, those urges are not helping anything to be sure, but they exist everywhere and in every time. The fundamental problem — in my inexpert opinion — is that two groups of people who didn’t like each other to start with and have since had every reason to hate each other’s guts are forced to live in insanely close proximity to one another for their entire lives. Maybe this is simplistic, but between the history and the proximity I just don’t see how they’re ever going to get along.