"... the actual balance of power, all factors considered, has shifted overwhelmingly to the Palestinians." This is not obvious. The Israeli army still appears to be the most powerful army in the middle east -- by far the best funded. The IAF can destroy any other air force in the middle east. (Except the USAF in Iraq unless they did a really great sneak attack.) How can the balance of power favor Palestinians when the Israeli army can easily kill all the Palestinians? The Israelis could solve their Palestinian problem in two weeks if they had the political will to kill them all. The IAF could destroy every city in Syria and Lebanon and Turkey in a few hours. They have nukes and nobody else in the middle east does. If the USA objected, Israel could sink the Sixth Fleet in a few hours. They have our codes, and many of their pilots are US veterans. They could approach our ships pretending to be US planes. What power do Palestinians have?
Suspect Bangkok bomber arrested, found with possible bomb-making materials (Reuters)
from the article: Olmert's negotiator: Full Mideast peace impossible