So this was clearly my error and I'm only writing this because I suspect somehow I'm not alone. In the field of Conflict Resolution, long-standing, painful, deeply complicated and seemingly unresolvable conflicts are often called "Intractable." For over a year now, I have stood on my soapbox mostly in private and occasionally in public irate with the audacity of someone to call a conflict "intractable." So defeatist, I told myself and those who would listen. Well, this was because I was under the impression that "intractable" meant "unsolvable." So of course you can see, in my defense, why it would appear odd that Conflict Resolution practitioners and scholars would call a conflict "unsolvable."
Something led me, however, to finally look up the word "intractable." Well, you see, it's not unsolvable. It simply means difficult to manage. Well, I cannot deny that Israel-Palestine is hard to treat, relieve or cure. Apparently, the word comes from 1555 , a time in which there was clearly plenty of difficult to manage conflict. It meant not "tractable." Tractable means manageable.
So there you have it, energy wasted on a rant. I could have been reading more or enjoying friends. Instead I was making a mountain out of a molehill. Unless of course the rest of you also think that "intractable" means unresolvable. Let me know.