The UN has the cart a mile in front of the horse:
On the 40th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1967 Mideast War, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday remembered those who were killed and whose lives were shattered by the conflict, particularly Palestinians still living under occupation.
The anniversary serves as a reminder that “statehood for Palestinians, security for Israelis, and peace in the region cannot be achieved by force,” said a statement from Ban’s spokeswoman Michele Montas…
”An end to the occupation and a political solution to the conflict is the only way forward for Israelis, Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese and the wider region,” the statement said.
“This will only be achieved through negotiations to bring about an end to the occupation, on the basis of the principle of land for peace, as envisaged in Security Council resolutions.”
The end of the occupation and a political solution to the conflict is not a “way forward”, it’s the end of the journey.
We don’t start on the path to peace by ending the occupation; rather, the occupation can end only when Arabs can live alongside Israelis without trying to kill them.
The occupation of Gaza ended. Peace moved further away, not closer.
How hard is it to understand this?
I propose negotiations to end the occupation based on the principle of peace for land: peace first, then we’ll talk.