Today is the 95th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. On November 2, 1917, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom sent a letter to Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, promising a homeland for the Jews in Palestine. The Middle East has been stuck in this intractable quagmire ever since.
This “conflict” is so ingrained in the psyches of everyone on both sides, I wonder if there is any hope for change. Both the occupier (Israel) and the occupied (Palestine) appear locked together in this unholy dance, each taking predictable steps in response to the other. Someone needs to change the music. Soon. For the sake of both sides.
I bet 99% of Palestinians and Israelis believe moving this “conflict” in a different direction, one with a brighter future, is impossible. Too many obstacles exist — the United States being one of the biggest.
And I fear the occupation is becoming normalized. Everyone I speak with in Gaza says the bombs are “normal”.
So I’m reminded of the Trim Tab. Here’s a brief description. Every ocean liner has a rudder, but the rudder can’t change the direction of the huge ocean liner on its own. The small piece on the rudder – the Trim Tab – must shift first, and then the rudder, and eventually the entire ship changes course.
If we changed just a little piece of the conflict, could we change the entire Middle East? If yes, what piece is strategically important? Where do we find it?
I don’t know the answers, just asking the questions, and searching in Gaza.