Peace in the Middle East is something that a lot of people have longed for over the years. Israel and Palestine have been fighting for many years with little hope for true peace, despite many attempts by the United States of America.
According to ABC News, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began the first peace talks in two years Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, between Israel and Palestine. The Israeli-Palestinian negotiations involved Clinton sitting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Several hours passed before both sides had agreed to produce an outline for permanent peace. They will be holding another round of direct negotiations next week in Egypt. In order for the negotiations to become reality, both leaders will need to make a lot of compromises for long-term peace.
Clinton’s efforts in brokering peace between these two nations are similar to what former President George W. Bush did back in 2007. According to ABC News, Bush held a conference with many leaders of the Mideast in Annapolis, Maryland. The conference was geared toward moving in the right direction involving the creation of a Palestinian state. The conference included everyone except for the Hamas leader in the Palestinian Parliament, who had opposed the conference with Bush.
Although the conference went pretty well, there were never any peace negotiations established for a long-term resolution. The conference was not directed to actually reach an agreement since that was improbable; it was only directed at helping negotiations. The outcome was not what everyone had hoped it would be, since Israelis and Palestinians continued their fight after the conference. Clinton is coming at this with a new approach and perspective, and her being a female might make the negotiations go more smoothly. Bush was never one for using the best words during speeches or a negotiation, something that Clinton seems to know how to do.
I think Clinton will fare poorly in finding a resolution to the Israel and Palestine conflict that has plagued them for so many years. The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been going on for so long, with so many people harboring ill-feelings about the other side. The conflict has a lot to do with religion, which might make the peace negotiations more difficult to achieve.
Clinton is a very good speaker and she does well at negotiating, but some people are just impossible to negotiate with. Israelis and Palestinians are two of the most fierce and religious people, which will only make negotiating harder for them. When it comes to Israel and Palestine, I do not think that there is anything America can do or say to make them finally have a peaceful resolution. I believe that the only outcome is going to be that one country destroys the other country, because it seems unlikely much will come of a peace agreement. In the end, I do not believe that what America wants is going to matter to Israel or Palestine, which will make our negotiations pointless. I do think Clinton might help them understand the problems at hand better, but I am unsure they are willing to negotiate. Israel and Palestine have come a long way by at least setting up a foundation for long-term peace, but that is only the beginning of what they need to do.
Jake Tapper, “Eyes on Hillary Clinton as She Leads Mideast Peace Talks”, ABC News
ABC News Staff, “Bush: ‘Right Time’ for Mideast Peace Negotiations”, ABC News