I attended a fascinating talk last night about prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
It was elivered by Shaul Arieli , an impressive speaker popularly recognised as having an encyclopaedic knowledge through personal experience of the history of the conflict and the political processes, and his hugely informative website backs this up. His talk however was both heartening and dispiriting in equal measure.
Heartening to hear that there is potentially a real prospect of agreement on such fundamental issues as security, territory, refugee return, etc. But profoundly depressing in other ways to hear that the current Israeli administration is simply disinterested in a permanent solution.
Still, it’s important for me to hear positive aspects about the peace process. Not enough media attention is ever given to the plethora of grassroots initiatives promoting dialogue, cooperation, mutual understanding and common purpose.
And a quick Google search reveals the existence of a huge number of such organizations and groups both in the Middle East and across the globe.
A majority of the populations on both sides want peace.
How sad that it doesn’t it happen.