Howdy Mark; Naturally, Israel would prefer to come to an agreement with the Palestinians first, but that doesn't seem likely. Both sides would have to make painful concessions, but I don't see any other way out of this mess. The idea is to physically separate the two people as much as possible. It just isn't practical to maintain and defend 80,000 settlers on the wrong side of the fence amidst 2.5 million hostiles forever. Israel must sacrifice something, but she can hang on to 8% of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and prevent herself from being swamped by Palestinian terrorists and refugees. The Palestinians will have to give up their dream of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and the "right of return" in exchange for statehood. Then everybody can live happily everafter shooting projectiles over the fence.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Sharon's second `big plan'