I have said many times in this blog that there needs to be some form of resolution that can result in peaceful co-existence--if not real peace--in the Middle East. At a recent conference at the Pakistani National Defense University, Prime Minister (Pakistan) Shaukat Aziz said it well. The Prime Minister said, " All stakeholders should be involved to resolve disputes and conflicts, " adding that "A solution of these disputes must be based on justice and equity, and should reflect the wishes of the people.
Solutions to Middle East Peace will never occur with the intransigence of Israel, and the strong arm of the US forcing solutions. The UN forced a solution in 1948, with the creation of the State of Israel. That 'solution' simply avoided the question of a return of the Jews to Europe, most of whose countries, being basically anti-semitic, didn't want them back. Since they were already in Palestine, it was a useful solution to give them back their 'promised land'. Unfortunately, for many centuries, others had lived on that land, established governments, farms, and an economy, and wanted to stay.
That meant little, especially when the residents decided to fight for what they thought they owned. Several wars later, the Palestinians were mostly ejected, with US support. Since the US supported Israel, it was easy to call those who originally owned the land terrorists, and simply make them the bad guys in the whole situation.
Now the world has changed, the US is no longer considered a peacemaker, and the Arab community is not willing any longer to wait for what they had been promised by the UN--and that is not Jordan. The US has to begin to recognize that the landscape has indeedchanged, and their staunch ally is not necessarily the only side to back if there is to be real peace.