Isaac Stern Views Middle East, Says He’s Pessimistic on Peace

Celebrated violinist Isaac Stern was quoted Sunday as saying he was pessimistic over the current situation in Israel, but hoped that a solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians could be found in time.

“It’s a very difficult moment,” Stern told the Rome daily II Messaggero.

“I don’t see any realistic solution that can be accepted by both sides. Historically, you can’t speak of a Palestinian State,” said Stern, who is in Italy to perform a series of concerts.

“But the Palestinians exist, and they are there, even if their Arab brothers have abandoned them,” he said.

“What’s necessary is to find a modus operandi in order to arrive at a modus vivendi.

“This does not mean peace and love right away, but would signify at least putting an end to the killing. Then, time and history will do the rest.”

Saturday night Stern opened the annual summer music festival at Pompeii, performing at the ancient Roman theater there.

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