For Roo: Peace would certainly end the billions of dollars given to Israel by America every year. This aids the Israeli economy, since at least a billion of it is spent in Israel. In fact it is far more since Israel no longer needs or buys F-16's. As for war, give me a break. Hamas and the Palestinians can't muster up a war. In fact, peace would cause Hamas to redouble their attacks. For X: I didn't imply that the end of the settlements will bring peace. I hold that peace cannot move forward as long as the settlement constructions continues. In fact, I think that peace is very unlikely to come from talks. There are too many extremists on both sides ready to sabotage any peace. My point was that, by giving settlement construction the highest priority, Israel demonstrates that expansion is more important to them than peace. I thought this was obvious, even to Israel's supporters.