After the collapse of the peace process there is much speculation circulating as to what will happen next with the Israelis and the Palestinians.
There is talk of advancing a law that the head of the largest Knesset faction will be prime minister
There is talk of Israel annexing what is called “Area C” amongst the Palestinian population.
There is talk that Prime Minister Netanyahu is considering an alternative diplomatic move to avoid the inevitable if no progress with the Palestinians is made – a bi-national State of Israel.
Everyone involved in this region understands – Israelis, Palestinians, and those of neighboring states, that they can effect the peace process.
Over the decades since this conflict came about there has been amble interjection from well-meaning international powers who seek to bring peace to this troubled land.
So why hasn't anything given – why aren't the parties closer to reconciliation?
Perhaps the most simplistic and concise answer, and there are probably many answers that could be given here, could be the term 'narrative'.
People are in conflict because their aspirations are contradictory to others – and that is a dilemma worldwide.
We heard Israel's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister remark to the effect that the situation as it stands today, would be preferable to taking risks.
The risk is clear – their respective peoples would implode over poor political choices.
Over the recent years it has been pointed out that economic conditions in the Middle East would blossom, with Israel potentially gaining the greatest, if their was peace; Diplomatically, in trade, tourism, and beyond.
The American Administration has tried to create a situation in which the sides will find the way to a full peace agreement.
Unfortunately that way seems all but lost at the moment.
But the peoples must not give up on hope. Fanaticism can not be accepted. Life must be made livable and secure for all parties.
There must be talk… of hope.
Middle East Correspondent