I think you are overlooking the legitimate and wide spread cultural problems that Palestinians face -- human rights abuses, abues against women and children, the pathological commitment to violence as the only solution, destruction of gay rights... When Israelis first "occupied" Israel, they did so with none of this baggage, brining with them, in spite of their refugee status, a scrapiness and will power, and cultural dignity that *then* led to an independent state. In other words, you are making a conflation of the "oppressed" status of palestinians with Israeli occupation. I have no doubt that Palestinians are oppressed, but the real demons they face are the ones within their own culture. If Palestinians had committed to non-violence, there would have been peace 50 years ago -- and no matter how much we pretend otherwise, Golda Meir was right, whatever you can say about Israel, if the Arabs put down their guns there would be peace tomorrow, if the Israelis did, there'd be Genocide
Fire in Jerusalem suburb causes severe air pollution (Haaretz)
from the article: Response / Henry Siegman on Burston and 'Israel's pathology'