Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are soon to meet in Annapolis and there have been comments indicating that there’s hope for a settlement by the end of the year. Unfortunately, even if that does happen—and there’s good reason to be skeptical—that agreement will no more bring peace than the Oslo Accords or the Camp David Accords before that. The problems in the Middle East are far more complex than anything solvable by mere diplomatic agreement.
The problem boils down to this: so long as the reprehensible anti-Semitism that is endemic in the Palestinian Authority persists, there will be no peace. So long as Palestinian children are indoctrinated to hate Jews, there will be no peace. So long as the Palestinians support acts of barbarity and terrorism against Israel, there will be no peace. So long as the Palestinians think that their end goal is the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state, there simply can be no real settlement. The best that can be hoped for is a cold peace with both sides under constant tension. That may be possible, but it’s not going to be much different from the status quo.
Groups like Hamas don’t want peace: they seek the destruction of Israel. Their terrorist forces rain crude home-made missiles on Israeli border towns like Sderot. They continue to force-feed their population with crude propaganda. They continue to say one thing in English and then the opposite in Arabic.
Golda Mier had it right: there will be no peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis until the Palestinians love their children more than they hate Israel. Sadly, that is not the case. While Palestine continues to slide into anarchy and remains mired in poverty, the leaders of the Palestinian Authority (such as it is) continue to misappropriate funds for terrorism and their personal enrichment. A wise set of rulers could have turned Gaza into a seaside paradise rather than the war zone it is.
The Palestinians may talk peace, but until they start living like they want peace with Israel, the best that Annapolis can bring is another stalemate.