Q: Is there a viable short-term solution to the troubles of the region or are we looking at a perpetual continuation of the status quo?
“There is no short-term, no medium-term, and not even a long-term solution. The fact that there is a problem does not mean that there is a solution. I am not optimistic. Israel’s neighbors have deliberately perpetuated this conflict over many decades by holding hostage Palestinian refugees, facilitated by the U.N., keeping them in perpetual refugee status and not allowing them to integrate into the countries that they have gone to. Meaning that they and their descendants, children and grandchildren, are political hostages. This situation has not occurred anywhere else in the world; it is only in relation to the Palestinians and it is an indication of how much governments in the region wish to use the Palestinians as a political weapon.