With the end of 60 years since the termination of the British Mandate on Palestine and the first round of failure to effect a two-state solution of the conflict over Palestine, both sides to the conflict are no closer to a just, durable and peaceful solution. The peace process proved to be an end in itself, to be a fetish which commands elaborate rituals but one which tenders no genuine faith. There is a simple reason for this, namely, that the more powerful side to the conflict, blinded by the supremacy of its military might, has been pursuing a solution that reflects the imbalance of power, pure and simple. Like individuals who are immune to learning, there are also peoples who never learn. History teaches us that there are only two alternative bases for conflict resolution, each with entirely different prospects for stability and durability: (1) a basis which reflects the balance of brute force and weight of conquest; and, this is doomed to be unstable and short-lived; (2) a basis which reflects fidelity to moral norms and international rules of law; and, this is the basis which assures long-term stability and durability.

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