What will it take to bring peace to the Middle East, and stop the conflict between Israel and Palestine? Create two countries.
That's what Leonard Nimoy is saying, the man best known for his green-blooded, pointy-eared Vulcan Spock in the original "Star Trek" series and a number of movies that followed. He says the two-state solution -- which is not necessarily embraced by Israel -- "is still critical in this region for both Israel and the Palestinian people," he wrote in an open letter to Americans for Peace Now.
The 80-year-old actor, who himself is Jewish, said the constant blame game is "self-defeating," and reminded him of the classic "Star Trek" episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."
"Tow men, half back, half white, are the last survivors of their peoples who have been at war with each other for thousands of years," Nimoy said. "Yet, the Enterprise crew could find no differences separating these two raging men.
"Assigning blame over all other priorities is self-defeating. Myth can be a snare. The two sides need our help to evade
the snare and search for a way to compromise."
That episode of "Star Trek" appeared in the show's troubled third season as one of the few highlights. It was written by Gene L. Coon and Oliver Crawford. Crawford, who retired in 1985, died in 2008 at the age of 91.
Nimoy is stepping into a very volatile debate, but certainly not one he can't handle. This is the same man, remember, who declared to the world that "I Am Not Spock" in a book, and later wrote a sequel proclaiming "I Am Spock."
The actor made it clear he was not belittling the debate by comparing it to a fictional work. However, he did feel that with the help of the United States, both sides could find a way to bring security and prosperity to the region. That, of course, is not too far off from Spock's famous good-bye of "live long and prosper."
Nimoy came out of retirement briefly in the last few years to appear in the 2009 franchise reboot "Star Trek" as well as the J.J. Abrams Fox series "Fringe." He has since re-entered retirement, although he did play an animated version of himself in a "Fringe" episode last season. That earned both him and the episode "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" from writers Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman and Akiva Goldsman, nominations in the 2011 Portal Awards from Airlock Alpha.
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