If Israel has enemies regardless of its actions, it must be better to confront them as an acknowledged peacemaker and to be seen as such by the international community. The argument that Israel will be seen as "soft" if it ends the occupation is rubbish. It will still have its military capability and be driven by the same ethos - to remain a Jewish state and to defend itself against those who want to destroy it. Moreover, it will have far greater support, not only from those Jews who are ashamed of the way it currently behaves but also from the wider international community. Equally, with the modernisation of weaponry the idea that the WB acts as a kind of buffer region is becoming increasingly redundant. Israel may have at some time to confront Iran. It cannot harm it to do so as a respected country because it has made peace with the Palestinians rather than as an international pariah state.
Report: Palestinian, 18, killed in clashes with IDF in West Bank (Haaretz)
from the article: Israeli-Palestinian peace would neutralize Iran threat