Next year marks the seventieth anniversary of the formation of Israel. Sadly, it will also mark seventy years without the Palestinian question being resolved. This is a very emotional issue with feelings running high on both sides. Supporters of each side blame the other for all the bloodshed. There is plenty of fault on both sides.
It seems like every president thinks they can break the logjam. President Trump has talked about taking on the issue. I see little chance of success. Before getting into thorny issues like the settlements and Jerusalem, Palestine has to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Israel tried trading land for peace with the Gaza Strip. They have been subject to thousands of rocket attacks and countless acts of terrorism.
There is an enormous amount of hatred toward Israel in the world. I do think moving the embassy to Jerusalem was an unnecessary provocation but it certainly doesn’t warrant action by the UN. I think some that talk of a two state solution wouldn’t mind seeing Israel wiped off the face of the earth.
The ball is in the Palestinian’s court. Hopefully something changes in the next sixty-nine years.