It's seems correct to assume that resorting to warfare as opposed to diplomatic channels in settling the disputes in the region have been the preference of the parties in the Middle East. But at what cost? My goodness, where do I start? I believe the immediate partners of the most contentious conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, are very interested in resolving the outstanding core issues and have built some trust. Not only is it the priority of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians, (over 2/3 on both sides as polled), but that of the Quartet and hopefully, the Arab League. The problem is that the current Israeli government does not expose its cards at hand until its ready - whenever that my be. And we're waiting. Never really enjoyed card games, prefer other interests.
French tourist arrested for waving Israeli flag on Temple Mount (Haaretz)
from the article: Netanyahu is incapable of making peace - but does Israel care?