In his opening remarks Gershon Baskin, co-chairman of IPCRI, pointed out that "as to the political solution we all know that there is such one". He referred to the two state solution based on 1967 borders. Be that as it may, it turned out that about Gaza too we have such knowledge. Speakers from both World Bank and the Quartet presented "what should be done".
So, one may ask, if this is common knowledge why is nothing been done?
Kobi Michael distributed the blame at 70% Hamas, 15% Egypt and 15% Israel. Which puts the Hamas in a very strong position: it can override the joint interests of Israel, Egypt and the rest of the world.
The constant deprivation of the people of gaza is the outcome of collusion. Mainly the collusion between Israel and Hamas and in the last year – also with the participation of Egypt under the dictatorship of A-Sissi.
Israel and Hamas colluding?
Israel (as represented by about 100 members of parliament out of 120) is not interested in solving the conflict. True, most Israeli politicians talk differently, but after almost 50 years of occupation and especially after the Oslo accords it is deeds speak louder than words.
The Hamas is openly against a solution as described by Baskin and other supporters of the two state solution. So the first basic fact is that both Israel and Hamas are partners to the no- solution stand and thus to the status quo.
The no-solution stand is threatened by the advocates of the two states solution: The president of Palestine and the French government To name just two examples. And if one believes other "world leaders" (not very wise) – the rest of the world supports this stand as well.
So how do the colluding powers (Israel and Hamas) prevent a peaceful solution? They collude in wars. Every few years they engage in battle. But this is a special battle since both parties do not want to win. When the then (2014) foreign minister argued that "we should fight to win" even the most rightist in the Israeli government thought the guy is crazy. Now, as defence minister Mr. Liberman joined the colluding parties.
A periodic war which both sides do not want to win is a reminder – as painful as the war is – that peace is not an option. Thus the second basic rule: war and the misery it causes are essential to the colluding parties.
This is the true answer to the question, posed by World Bank speaker: "does Israel want 1.8 million neighbours who are happy and prosperous or poor and suffering?" Israel and Hamas need them poor and suffering and war mongering.
And this will continue as long as the rest of the world turns a deaf ear and a blind eye. Instead of, as South Africa proved, kick ass of both colluding sides.