Jeff, So what are you suggesting exactly? The Israelis should take a town and then kick all of the inhabitants out or just keep troops in the city? The reason why a civilized power can no longer hold a physical empire is because while in the day of the British Empire it was only unacceptable for an army of a civilized country to murder other civilized human civilians. These days, it's unacceptable for an army of a civilized country to murder any civilians.
Palestinian man suffers light wounds from rocks thrown by Jewish men in Jerusalem (Haaretz)
from the article: A tiny, but important, problem