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Is There Any Hope Left For Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Akiva Eldar ponders why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the longest in history, proposing to resolve it instead of “managing” it.
A Palestinian stone-thrower uses a sling to throw back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah February 12, 2013. Clashes broke out on Tuesday between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli troops following a protest calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3DOU9
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On Saturday night, upon hearing the former (and maybe the future) Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman declaring on Israel's Channel 2 “Meet the Press” program that there is no chance of reaching an agreement with the Palestinians on the issue of permanent borders, and all that’s left is to “manage the crisis,” I was reminded of a little girl from Gaza who an hour earlier was sitting next to me, watching a circus show near kibbutz Yakum.

Wearing a white medical mask, she was sitting amid other Palestinian children who are coping with serious illnesses day in, day out. They were brought there for a day of fun. Sitting next to a bunch of Israeli children of roughly the same age, they all enjoyed watching the funny antics. For a moment, however brief, it seemed that there was hope.

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