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Palestine Papers in Perspective


Sir [Yorkshire Post]

The latest revelations of the so-called Palestine Papers/leaks serve nothing more than to underline the ongoing tragedy of the Gordian Knot that is the Middle East.

Politics and religion aside, the biggest challenges the disputants now face are those of perceived loss of face, not faith, in whichever settlement may or may not be agreed.

Unfortunately, each play of the hand in the old Levant- including Britain's mandate back in the 40s - frustratingly leads not to a resolution, but a further entanglement of the politico-religious entrapment, with the three main religions and numerous 'shadow players' also involved in the deal.

Northern Ireland's seemingly intractable Troubles were, arguably, partially eased by the bigger picture tragedy of 9/11 and the ensuing War on Terror, which had the effect of making the Anglo-Irish dispute seem more parochial.

It's hard to imagine an event of sufficient magnitude which would distract the various embroiled players in the Middle East enough, short of some deus ex machina effect akin to the staged Roman tragedies of old. Oh,......wait a minute.........[!].

Martin Hickes, High Street, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5LH.