For well over 2,000 years, there has been a continuing struggle in the Middle East and to presume the United States can broker any lasting peace in this situation is to expect the impossible.
There are two issues at play other than the combatants presently involved in Israel, the Israelis and the Palestinians, or Hamas if you prefer. One of these issues was created as recent as the 20th century and the other predates most historical accounts.
When the United Nations created the state of Israel in 1949 following the Holocaust and World War II, the state of Palestine ceased to exist any longer. The validity of carving out the state of Israel isn’t under debate here because if you remove the religious aspect of the situation, Judeo-Christian beliefs, and just consider the sovereignty of Palestine as limited as it was under British rule, the Palestinians have every right to be more than just a little upset.
Self-determination was found to be a failure under the League of Nations following World War I and couldn’t possibly work as a solution in Israel or the Middle East now due to the religious intolerance that exists between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the region.
But, when your homeland has been stripped away and given to someone else, what are you to do?
More important than the geographical/sovereignty question is the religious differences between those living in the region as well which presents an insurmountable hurdle for an outside resolution.
How is it a conflict this ingrained into generations of young people, beginning in infancy, supposed to be negotiated away? The complexities of the overlapping importance of holy sites alone in the region are a topic unable to be pared down for a single discussion.
Whether you listen to the mainstream media, political pundits, religious leaders, international leaders, or your neighbor, at this point there is no way to take the conflict in Israel and break it down to a single cause and address it to anyone’s satisfaction.
The facts are simple. The Palestinians want their land back and the Israelis believe it belongs to them based on religious documentation. There is zero religious tolerance between the two groups. Their religious viewpoints are diametrically opposed and clearly delineate how the other’s beliefs are false.
Isn’t it just a little bit more than hubris to believe the United States has ANY solution to offer whatsoever?
As an ally, Israel should be supported but they are more than capable of defending themselves as they have proven time and again. Maybe it’s time to let things sort themselves out on their own. There’s already enough blame to go around without more empty hopes of peace.