Hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace: If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing

Filed in Current affairs, foreign affairs by on August 21, 2010 0 Comments

The Palestinians and Israel have agreed to resume peace talks after more than 20 months of disagreement. Both Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader President Abbas will meet in Washington to restart talks.

It is unclear what each side is willing to give up in order to reach a definitive peace and the creation of a Palestinian state. We have come so close in the past but never reached the final goal. This time, what is different? It seems that there is a sort of curse that derails the talks. Each side has its extremists: the Palestinians have Hamas, the Israelis have their own extremists ready to sabotage the peace process.

For sure, this is a new era. There is hope. Peace is possible and the Palestinians can dream of their state and Israel of durable peace with its neighbor. As the Susu of Guinea say, “If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing.”

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