What is so difficult for the “Quartet” to understand?
For there to be peace, both sides have to actually want peace.
There have been ample (and beyond) opportunities over the years for peace. The Palestinians have actively torpedoed EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.
Israel, in spite of the broad proclamations by left wing “pundits”, the Palestinians, and much of the EU, Arab world, etc., HAS made significant offers, and has proven several times that they are willing to compromise and sacrifice for peace.
They gave up the Sinai for peace with Egypt, uprooting the community of Yamit. They withdrew from Gaza 100%, uprooting thousands of Israeli citizens, leaving behind homes, businesses, etc. They have offered, numerous times, to settle borders and land swaps in face to face negotiations, only to have that door slammed in their face time after time under the pretext that they weren’t willing to do whatever it was the Palestinians demanded that week. It’s pretty simple, really.
For there to be peace, BOTH sides have to want it.
In Israel, education is about democracy, human rights, equal rights, and their legal system supports those things.
In the Palestinian territories, education is about killing Jews, obliterating Israel, Palestine “from the river to the sea” (code for no more Israel), glorifying those who murder Jews, and instilling a culture of hatred and intolerance.
Unfortunately, Israel actively WANTS peace, while the Palestinians are deathly afraid of making ANY compromise and do NOT want peace. Couple that with Hamas’ clear and unequivocal dedication to the destruction of Israel and the eradication of all Jews worldwide, and it’s no wonder at all that there is no peace in the region between Israel and the Arabs.
At this rate, there never will be, and the sooner the mealy-mouthed Catherine Ashton and the EU truly understand that, and the sooner that the rest of the world accepts that, the sooner we can all get on with our lives. If the EU and Obama want to impose peace on Israel and the PA, they need to stop supporting the parties that are absolutely unwilling to sit down and negotiate. That is NOT the Israelis.