It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. Judging by the latest foreign ministers’ conference in Paris on the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” it is safe to conclude that this continued approach meets the definition of insanity.
The summit, a one-day meeting, concluded with a statement demanding that Israelis and Palestinians demonstrate “with policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution in order to rebuild trust”. This statement, like those that have preceded it, are deceptively even-handed and formulaic, placing blame on “both sides” and calling upon “both sides” to undertake measures to “achieve peace”. It sounds convenient and simple and is based on the belief that conflicts involve at least two parties and if both parties undertake measures then peace can be achieved.