- 駒沢女子大学研究紀要 (ISSN:13408631)
- vol.7, pp.43-52, 2000-12-24
The Mideast Peace Process involving Syria, Palestine, Israel and the U. S. has no prospect of bearing fruit despite the efforts of President Clinton to mediate the dispute. As his term comes to the end there seems no end to a conflict that has lasted more than fifty years. To most people, the problems between the Palestinians and the Israelis seem insoluble ; however, the author feels that there is a solution. The United Nations Security Council, as a legitimate international body, has historically held serious and wide-ranging discussions on the problem ; further, they have passed resolutions which show the way toward a lasting solution. However, the logic of power politics prevails at peace talks and the spirit of international cooperation and conciliation has been sacrificed to the reality of power. The failure of the peace process is therefore structural in nature : one party wants to negotiate based on the resolutions passed by the Security Council ; the other party insists on using the logic of power politics. In the end, both parties must rely on principle rather than power politics. As long as the adherence to power politics remains more important than the belief in principles based on ethical and moral right, the pease process will wither before it has had a chance to bear fruit. By observing the U. N. resolutions, the process of peace can become a reality rather than a dream. This paper will seek to clarify the problems caused by the misinformation disseminated to obscure the essential aspects of the situation, making an understanding of the problem so hard to grasp. It is to be hoped that once the parties involved come to adhere to the U. N. resolutions, a permanent peace will be achieved.