There will be no peace agreement, so long as Israel allows itself to be held hostage by these gun-toting, religious spouting freeloaders(they get cheap/subsidized housing, living in lush comfort, protected by the Israeli military, while they drive on paved highway, that separate the deprived and dispossessed Palestinians from their farms, work, schools and all other means of daily life).
Israel lacks the leadership (Rabin was murdered for his courageous efforts), and the acumen. The Israeli political system has been hi-jacked by zealots and their allies, especially the recent-arrivals from the former Soviet states. Former president Clinton, is correct in saying that the 1-million member community of Jews from the former Soviet states are more opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, than other Israelis. This is the "new tail wagging the dog". This is detrimental to both Israelis and Palestinians, and the price to be paid wil be a very heavy one.
....Israel spends too much on its security (especially on the "settlers"), and thus other sectors are deprived of much needed investments. Also, the continued insecurity. devastates both sides, socially, psychologically and economically. Destruction rather than production, hate rather than friendship, insecurity rather than security, despair rather than hope, deprivation rateher than plenty, stagnation rather than growth. GIVE P