"land for peace" must end
It seems to me the inescapable lesson of the current conflict is a depressing one for Israel and the United States. It ain't about land. In the 1990s, we were repeatedly told that Israel's problems could be solved via a geopolitical swap-meet. Everyone get together in back-slapping fellowship and trade land and, abracadabra, we'd have peace. It turns out, in Israel's case, this is nonsense. Hezbollah doesn't want land-for-peace, it wants genocide for peace.... Of course, this generalization doesn't apply to every Arab talking head and potentate. But as far as the militants with the guns and the hearts and minds go, that's the reality. Perhaps there are deal-makers even among the Iranians, but the fact is Hezbollah means what it says and it's stock is going up, not down. That means all of the 1990s illusions about how the Arab-Israeli (now more of a Muslim-Israeli) conflict could be solved through negotiations have been exploded.Well, that's good for a start. That aside, can we be clear here about the fact that the Judea/Samaria deserts are Jewish by national right, which Michael Medved also noted, and there's also another important question here: if Hezbollah, PLO, Hamas, the Syrian and Egyptian dictatorships, are terrorist organizations and sympathisers, and also dictatorships, well then...do they deserve any land of their own, or to be in a position of power of any kind? I don't think so.