The enduring fact of the failure of peace in the so-called Holy Land is a royal spring of misery from which bitter tensions flow, with mournful consequences for the entire restive middle-east region, already strained by wars and rumours of wars.
The main ring road that runs through the city of Jerusalem and past Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residency has, for a little over two years, been home to Noam and Aviva Shalit, the distraught and disheveled parents of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad.
With Tony Blair – the Middle East envoy for the Quartet (UN, EU, USA and Russia) – visiting Gaza and the Sderot today, it’s a good moment to explore the core issues on which any long-term Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement depends.
The image above shows the top-level issues that Independent readers and the Debategraph community have identified so far, namely:
The events in Israel and Gaza this year have prompted gloomy prognoses for the prospects for peace; a mood deepened by the mixed signals from the Israeli election and the latest developments with Iran.
Lord Patten, writing for European Voice last month, struck a particularly bleak note:
"However tough things looked in the past, I have never [...]
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