- Posted September 25, 2009 by
New York, New York
Middle East Peace: Circle Game
President Barack Obama gave a forceful, but more importantly, even-handed speech on The Middle East at the United Nations on Wednesday.
He called for peace talks without preconditions while chastening both parties; Israel to cease settlements into Palestinian lands, the Palestinian Authority to halt incitement and violence against Israel.
It was a necessary start, seeding ground that lay fallow during the Bush Administration, save for it’s very last months when a mountain of accomplishments were to happen magically, but as history has shown again and again, the path to peace in the Middle East is fraught with difficulty.
There are no talks scheduled nor even a framework for those meetings. Juxtaposed against the realistic admission that a two-state solution is the only solution, deep distrust (always) exists on both sides. Add radical and orthodox elements to the mix- a missile lobbed here, an incursion made there- and even should peace talks be progressing, there’s no guarantee that they wouldn’t easily be derailed.
Middle East Peace talks. Inception through failure. Over and over, round and round. Where and when it will end, no one knows.