I've been saying all along that religion was the main obstacle to mid-east peace. The religious views, hopes and ambitions of politicians and political activists are usually covered up, but play a huge roll. In the Bible, mainstream religion is depicted as a Harlot called Babylon-The-Great. The Bible says that the Wild Beast (The United Nations) will hate the Harlot and eat her up. Now we see why. The U.N. stands for peace and unity. This is what it pushes for. Peace between Israelis and Palestinians can't happen until religion is either destroyed entirely or watered down so much that it no longer has any real influence over peoples lives. This process is gaining momentum. The process where the pursuit of economic gain trumps any religious motive. Economic progress depends on peace, security and stability. When people's lives are dominated by work and the pursuit of wealth, they become fully captivated by it's interests which just so happen to match those of the Wild Beast.
Palestinian youths throw stones at security forces in Shoafat, E. Jerusalem; none injured (Haaretz)
from the article: Are peace talks doomed to fail before they start?