The pro-Israel dogmatists here in the U.S. like to invoke the idea that if the Palestinians would just lay down their arms, they would have the peace they ostensibly want- but this notion is an inaccurate one- it way overestimates the good intent of the Israeli leadership and possibly the majority in the Israeli society. If we just look at the time period after the Oslo Accords- that lengthy time between Intifadas- the number of Israeli settlers doubled in the Occupied Territories. The facts on the ground convinced the Palestinians that the Israeli leadership was just using the time to entrench, and make it less likely that the 1967 borders (that were internationally indicated as offering the best chance for a boundary between Israel and a new Palestinian State) would still be a possibility as the years wore on. This was the primary root cause of the Second Intifada which was incredibly more violent all around than the first. The Palestinians are usually seen by the majority of Americans as the bad guys, the ones who just refuse to seek peace with the Israelis- the ones who refuse even to recognize the right of Israel to exist- but it is the Palestinian situation that is so much more desperate, and their right to exist as a viable, contiguous State has hardly been one respected by Israeli and American leaders over the years- not in real terms, even if the rhetoric and official statements sometimes indicates such an acknowledgment.
Is the ultimate plan of the Israeli braintrust to find a rationale for one big war in order to ethnically cleanse most of the rest of the Palestinians into Jordan/Egypt/Lebanon et al? Or maybe just have perpetual small war(s) which leaves the current stalemate and status quo where Israel has most of the power by ridiculous degrees, and the Palestinians get red hot lip service from Arab leaders and media across the Middle East, but nothing really changes where it matters- the facts on the ground- No viable, contiguous State for Palestinians, and a regional superpower State for Israelis?
Do we take Netanyahu serious here and acknowledge the truth of what he is saying- and admit that America is so securely behind Israel that Israeli leaders and pro-Israel lobbies can essentially tell the American political class when to jump and how high (see the amazing number of U.S. Congressmen who eagerly sign any and all unqualified support letters for the State of Israel)? Or is this an example of an Israeli leader lying to a family in grief about what he has really been up to? To those who claim that being so interested in this Israeli-Palestine conflict is some indication of some kind of anti-Semitic inclination- all I can say is that we are talking about The Holy Land- this is a Land that Christians also have a profound interest in, and the witness of our Holy Land is an important one. When every Atheist classically points to the Holy Land and laughs at how violent and messed up things are there- they score points with those who are natural sceptics of Religion and those who are impressionable. Besides our Church has indicated many, many times that Catholics have a stake in what is going on in the Holy Land in a very special sense- and the Vatican has long indicated a position very similar to the International consensus on such things as the 1967 borders question and the like.