If you take a step back for a moment and look at the big picture, you might conclude that all these "peace" initiatives may be all headed down the wrong path and are failing as a result of a basic mistaken assumption that peace is necessary or even achievable.
To be sure, the world loves a Hollywood movie ending in which the battle-weary enemies finally embrace, make peace and become best friends for the common benefit of their people. The audience applauds as the credits roll.
But in reality, the term "peace" implies a state of friendship and collaboration, which is really not possible for Israel and the Palestinians at this point in time. Education of Palestinian children to hate, official anti-Semitism, as well as Islamic and Arabic cultural bias agianst Jews and Westerners all serve to defeat the possibility of real peace in the Middle East.
Not surprisingly, this barrier to peace is the direct result of the Palestinians never considering a scenario other than the annihilation of the state of Israel.
Does this really matter, though?
IMO, not as much as many might think.
Israel is not in need of peace, per se, but rather both sides are in need of a state of non-war and limited cooperation.
I wonder if state of non-war is much more achievable than a state of peace, and if so, should the diplomats turn their attention to a goal other than full peace?
What do you think?