When representatives from more than 70 nations convene in Paris on Sunday for the latest "peace" summit, their hope is to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, write Col. Richard Kemp and Rafael L. Bardaji, the conference will not produce peace, but instead fuel more violence and mutual rejection between the two sides:
It is easy for the world to blame Israel for all its problems. It is easy for many leaders to blame Israel for the failure of the peace process with the Palestinians.
It may be easy, but it's not correct. In fact, it's a serious mistake.
It's also easy to think that the international community, multilateral organizations such as the United Nations, or international conferences can impose a solution on the parties and, voila, conflicts will be resolved. But if the parties aren't willing, if the conflicts aren't ripe enough, there's no possible solution. In fact, lasting peace, true peace, can only be the result of direct negotiations between the parties involved and the agreements they freely reach.
Peace between Israelis and Palestinians does not need more plans or conferences such as the one to be held in Paris on Jan. 15. What it does require are two truly committed parties ready to negotiate.
Unfortunately, that's not the case. For a few years now, those responsible in the Palestinian Authority have chosen not to sit down and negotiate with the Israeli government. Instead, they have launched a unilateral campaign so that it will fall to the international community to impose recognition as a sovereign state without their having to make the typical concessions that negotiations entail...