The seemingly eternal issue of Israel and Palestine continues to divide people throughout the Middle East. In America, the ever demanding Israel Lobby exerts political pressure which hampers the ability of the American government to work for peace in the region. President Obama told the UN, “peace will not come through statements and resolutions of the United Nations….Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians who must live side by side.” Of course, it was a UN statement that created the state of Israel.
The bottom line is America will most probably veto the UN Security Council resolution on creating a state of Palestine, the Middle East will explode in anti-American violence, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will point to this explosion as proof as to why Israel can not negotiate with Palestinians.
The ball for peace is in the court of Israel. Simple. Halt West Bank settlements for a year and get to the peace table!