- Posted January 12, 2009 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Crisis in the Middle East
Can There Be Peace in the Middle East?
Not until the Arab people decide that they've had enough of being used by Islamic extremists. As long as the leaders of Gaza, Lebanon, Iran, and other Arab governments that deny Israel's right to exist, are in power, there can be no peace. You cannot negotiate with someone whose fundamental position is that you must cease to exist. Golda Meir said, "There will be peace between Arabs and Jews only when the Arabs decide that they love their children more than they hate the Jews." She was right. As long as the ordinary Arab people continue to tolerate leaders who do not care how many are killed and/or maimed, there will be no settlement.
Other nations can try, as they have countless times before, to effect a cease-fire, and they will eventually succeed, as the extremists will need a hiatus in which to re-arm and re-supply. But it will be only a temporary solution, and will do nothing towards any kind of a permanent solution.
Only when the people of the Middle East decide that peaceful co-existence is preferable to constant conflict, and elect leaders who will truly have their best interests at heart, will there be any possibility of a "peace process".