D: "Facts on the ground are always relevant - this is the reality one has to deal with." Except..... they do suffer that nasty limitation of being "subject to change". As in: If Israel ever suffers a really, really nasty reverse then those "facts on the ground" can unravel overnight as the "settlers" flee back to the safety of Israel. So, an IDF military defeat that leaves the West Bank defenseless. Or a crippling embargo that does to Israel what Israel has done to Gaza. Maybe an attack on Iran that goes horribly, horribly wrong. Unthinkable? Oh yeah, I'm sure that all Israelis think the IDF is unbeatable. Impossible? No. Bigger armies than Israel's have been humbled, and they very seldom see it coming. Israel keeps these "facts on the ground" in play because it thinks itself invincible, but it would be better off cashing in its chips and taking the offer that's already there.
from the article: Olmert's negotiator: Full Mideast peace impossible