Monday, 11 April 2011
This is a sad story. The mediator was apparently well respected by the parties, but the recent political events in the Arab world have tainted the process, and the mediator has lost the confidence of Hamas. The soldier is a human being, and missed by family. Hamas apparently feel powerless without him as a bargaining chip. But when a mediator has lost the confidence of a party then the negotiation loses the important element of good faith brokering. To me however, they should not give up the mediation-all the other alternatives are too ghastly. I would happily volunteer to do this, although an obscure New Zealander is more likely to attract derision unfortunately. But any peace which can be obtained is better than rockets and mortars.