It would be a rare person that has not read about the situation in Palestine and Israel. Having been involved in peace work for at least fifteen years, the violence between Palestine and Israel has been a topic of a number of my briefings. For me this how I see the past few weeks.
Any country that supports a peace process must agree to a two state end goal, which has been a condition since 1947 and will not be bargained away. Due to that, the request of the Palestinian government to be recognized as a state is in fact already agreed upon.
Within the last three weeks of Sept 2011, a few countries have come out and stated that the United Nations resolutions are not a useful method to bring about peace. “Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations," Barack Obama said during a speech to the UN General Assembly. Such a statement is beyond reason seeing that the permanent five members of the Security Council are to ensure the peace of the world through the passing of resolutions. But of course we are dealing with insanity. The entire situation in the Middle East is beyond reason.
Now, if the world is actually concerned about a resolution to this problem here is what needs to happen:
The entire area needs to be blockaded from any and all weapons. Every soldier, police officer, security guard and so on must be replaced by the UN peacekeeping forces. These forces will carry out all enforcements of the laws that currently exist in the respective area in which they are charged to police. This brings us to the peace talks. Only Palestine and Israel are to be engaged in these talks. Every other country can go suck eggs as this is not their territory, country, people or problem. Further more, the rhetoric must stop. Each side has acted in manners that amount to crimes against humanity. Each side is equally responsible for the deaths and misery that abounds in that region.
Now the hardest part is to have the courage to do this and the wisdom to see it through until it is completed. That means no six month deployment window and then rethink, if another six months is needed. The peacekeeping forces are there until the threat of violence is gone and the two sides produce a treaty on their own. This will all be paid for through the taxes that already pay for the current military and law enforcement of Israel and Palestine.
Will this ever happen, no way. Fewer people would die, plus it is to logical, practical and it would actually work – if the world actually cared enough to do something about it.