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  •  We should probably be more surprised (4+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, heathlander, poco, Celtic Merlin

    if she didn't do the usual Washington two-step and trade her values in for status.

    But you set up the bleak prospects for peace quite well. Absent any force that would make occupation miserable for Israel (either from the Palestinians in the form of another intifada) or from external actors, then Israel has the power to maintain the status quo. The only reason Israel left Lebanon was Hezbollah's resistance to occupation and the deaths of many Israeli soldiers there for little gain. The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza yields much more gain - territory, East Jerusalem, water and other resources as well as the ethnoreligious attachment to 'Judea and Samaria'. A lot more misery would have to be inflicted on Israel before it would give all that up. And there's noone outside of Israel/Palestine willing to do that.

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