Peace in the Middle East: Take 12,786


At it again.

Since the foundation of the Jewish state, Israel has been locked in a seemingly endless battle with its Arab neighbors, particularly the Palestinians.  Every US president since Jimmy Carter has gotten on the bandwagon, with none of them really yielding any tangible results.  And we’re at it again, under the auspices of a new US president.  Mahmoud Abbas and Binyamin Netanyahu, respectively the leaders of Palestine and Israel, are in Washington to reignite the stalled peace talks.  Secretary of State Clinton and Obama seem to think that they can come up with a workable peace plan in one year.

Unfortunately, I disagree.  I don’t think that we’re ever going to see peace in the region, and for one simple reason.  I don’t believe either side truly desires peace.  Just yesterday, Hamas, a partner in the Palestinian government, staged terrorist attacks, killing four Israelis on Tuesday and two early Wednesday.  This conflict has been going on, and on, and on, and on.  There’s no end in sight.  Neither side is willing to make the concessions necessary to create a situation where their citizens aren’t killing each other.

I’d love to see the US cut off all foreign and military aid to both sides and wash our hands of the entire situation.  Obama has better things to do than babysitting national leaders who have more to gain from killing each other’s constituents than not.

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