The fact that the Palestinians have refused to do so, and neighbouring countries have refused to absorb them into their population has created a dilemma for those Israelis who wanted to hang on to the West Bank and Gaza. They are getting smaller in number, but as we have seen more violent and vocal in ensuring their voice is the only one that is heard. Meanwhile, so that Israel's politicians do not have to confront the decisions that have to be made to ensure the longterm survival of a regional superpower armed with nuclear weapons have to create existential threats to stop the average Israeli thinking to hard. Until Israelis realise that the price for the settlements is one which is just not worth paying the current difficulties Israel faces will keep multiplying. Unfortunatly as has been seen Israeli politicians court the votes of these extremists and nutjobs because they are the ones mostly likely to vote, and until that paradigm changes Israel will become increasingly isolated and it's leaders in order to blame Israel's woes on others will come up with increasingly outlandish claims of existential threats in order to put off the decisions that have to be made. Israel is in a downward spiral, and will continue to nosedive until the vast majority of Israelis who are decent and hardworking realise that they are working their fingers to the bone to support entire sections of society live the good life, and will become a voter block that Israeli politicians ignore at their peril. Until that happens, nothing will change for Israel, and we will see it in the press. Another week another crisis and further condemnation of Israel within the International Community, as Israel's politicians will become ever more outlandish and desperate to maintain their power whilst holding on to Gaza and the West Bank.
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