pa1181c.jpg Paul Lachine

The Audacity of Hope for Palestine

Many people around the world, especially in the West, have convinced themselves that the Israel-Palestine conflict is beyond resolution. But an unusual constellation of forces has emerged, opening a remarkable new window of opportunity for a solution.

SINGAPORE – The world will be enveloped in a heavy cloud of gloom and doom this year. Economies will sputter, governments will fall, and companies will fail. But the biggest danger of all is a sense of hopelessness. Preventing this requires resolving some large and apparently intractable problem. Closing the Doha Round of world trade talks provides one such opportunity. But an even better opportunity is provided by the Israel-Palestine conflict.