You write: The rhetorical abuse of these fears to justify settlement expansion has led to the point where average Israelis’ genuine fears and concerns of are no longer credible to the outside world at large, and certainly not to Palestinians."" But this rhetoric magnifies danger, which continues to exist because Israel is an occupier. Occupiers are not given roses, even in Iraq. Once Israelis understand that it is their actions that cause Intifadas and rocket attacks (settlement policy, holding on to the land, disrespecting fathers and mothers in front of their children), they would have started a real peace process. Right now, their attitude is, "we are imprisoning you and poisoning your future, but love us anyway." Prescription: start building houses in Israel proper so that you can move the settlers there. No other way.
Two Turkish soldiers, five Kurdish militants killed in attack (Reuters)