A few hundred of Israel’s and Palestine’s top business leaders met and demanded that their governments forge a peace. Unlike domestic groups before them, this consortium has clout. Together, they represent one-third of the area’s gross domestic product and employ tens of thousands of workers.
With so many politicians and countries reporting that a peace deal between Israel and Palestine is now improbable, they are concerned that a quest for peace in the region has been swept under the carpet. They believe bold action is necessary to return their governments to peace talks.
For over 40 years, the UN, scores of world politicians and every U.S. president have tried to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine. Instead, both sides remain deadlocked. Without a doubt, this has been the single most critical issue in the instability in the Middle East.