The above analysis indicates that politically, economically and socially Israel is ill equipped to tolerate an incessant, low grade war of attrition. True, the Arab side will suffer vastly more in human terms, but Israel's Achilles heel is its unwillingness to suffer casualties and the surrounding Arab neighbours always have vast human reserves to fall back on. Israel's current leadership has opted for land and colonial expansion rather than going for a longterm political settlement with the Palestinians. Israeli arrogance and hubris made it ignore the offer made unanimously by the Arab League in Beirut 2002 of Israel's recognition and acceptance in the neighbourhood in return for it recognising a Palestinian state in the territories it occupied in 1967. There will come a time when Israel's leaders will rue the day they ignored the 2002 offer.
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