One of the most dangerous and most common mistakes people make about the Middle East is to believe that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is just around the corner.
This is an easy mistake to make; peace is such a good idea, who could be against it? After all, it’s very easy to see what the only reasonable solution would be: a division that roughly corresponds to the old pre-1967 Green Line, with some land swaps for each side. It’s also easy to see that both sides would be better off if they agreed to the compromise. The Israelis could settle down in peace with the Palestinians and their Arab neighbors, and the Palestinians, with lots of aid from the rest of the world, could start to build their state without the effects of the Israeli occupation.(more…)