Veniamin Popov thinks the international community could play one a secondary role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Been there, done that. There have been multiple attempts before to passs an international resolution which would force both sides to act in one way or another. Israel and the US are against such an approach. It is impossible to impose it. That is why the problem persists. We have to be looking for points of convergence and compromise, something that will ensure Israel’s security (that we always talk about) and resolve the Palestinian issue.

The Palestinians have the right to form their own government. In this regard, there are many Security Council resolutions which must be mandatory for everyone. The longer the situation remains unsolved, the more difficult it will be to find a compromise.

Ideally, we need to prevent the sorrowful 70th anniversary of the conflict and finally find a solution. Perhaps, it would be a phased solution. We can’t live under such tension all the time. Life will force us to stop it. It is counterproductive.

“Peaceful settlement is the only way out. There is the demographic factor at play, too. The number of Palestinians within the occupied territories is getting bigger than the number of Jews. If this goes on, how could it be possible to preserve the status of the Jewish state, of which Netanyahu is talking about?

Now, when everyone is fighting against the common enemy, which is terrorism, we have a great opportunity to sit down at the negotiating table and find a comprehensive solution to this problem. In December, the Americans allowed a resolution vetoed for forty times to be adopted at the UN Security Council.

Even Obama admitted it is crucial to stop the spread of Jewish settlements and sit down at the negotiating table. It is necessary to create the Palestinian state and relieve the pressure, which can cause angry outbursts, but can also lead to violence and terrorist acts. A political solution to provide peace and stability is in the common interest of all people."