The commitment to settlements is also a commitment to continuing and increasing tension. It is unnecessary, and a net drain on the quality of Israeli (and world Jewish) life. In just a few years, Israel has gone from coming close to reaching an agreement that would have normalized relations with all of the Arab world and marginalized militant approaches, to alienating ally and neighbor by ally and neighbor. From relatively confident agreements with Egypt, Jordan and increasingly confident relations with West Bank Palestine, to considerable strain with Egypt (even before the uprising), unwillingness of the American educated king of Jordan to meet with Netanyahu, and breakdown in talks with the PA. Also, Turkey, Saudi Arabia from close and prospective diplomatic relations to reluctant and rejected. The positions of Kadima and Labor, although undesirable to Palestinians and the Arab and Islamic world, were at least potentially acceptable. Not so for likud/israel beitanhu. From a high of 14% of GDP dedicated to defense before Oslo and the treaty with Jordan, down to 6%, now going back up. From 60% of Israeli borders governed by confidently affirmed treaty, now what 0% prospective? Its necessary for Israel to get more imaginative and frankly, kind. A few weeks necessarily at war is temporary. There is a life to come back. "God's wrath is short, and after there is long life." Generations at war make different lives.
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