Sherri Muzher: More Couples

By Sherri Muzher
Special to PalestineChronicle.com

Here we go again with another meaningless “couples’ therapy” session with no concrete goals or meaningful substance.  Palestine is the spouse that wants to discuss tangible issues.  Israel appears to be the spouse that doesn’t really want to be there but would rather just say, “Hey, I showed up.  Isn’t that proof enough that I want this to work out?”
 
Ahem, right, and Hugh Hefner is going to give the keynote at the next major abstinence conference.
 
The reality is that the Palestinian economy continues to be strangled; Israeli settlements on private Palestinian lands thrive; children go to school malnourished and are unable to concentrate while hundreds of other children sleep on the cold concrete floors of Israeli prisons; the Wall is cutting into Palestinian towns and effectively halting the flow of goods between Palestinians; and Jewish settlers have burned thousands of Palestinian olive trees with impunity. 
 
Palestinian fishermen cannot fish without being shot at by the Israeli Navy and Gaza continues to descend into deeper despair. One recent October 19 Reuters story brought the point home:
 
"I am Mr. Nobody," stated Mahmoud Jnaid, who recently doused himself in fuel and tried to set himself on fire before other Palestinian on-lookers overpowered him.  "When I poured the petrol on my body I felt life was the s