Thank you for a polite and decent responce. I only got emotional because the context of your first post seemed to be a wish of violence and terror against the Israelis. I now, think you meant something else.
Anyway, yes Israelis and Palestinians WANT to co-exist very much. But its very difficult, there are several important issues that stand between them. Amongst them is of course Jerusalem. The Israelis want it to be one city controlled by Israel. The Palestinians want to make Old Jerusalem (holy to three religions) their capital remove it from Israel. This disturbs the Israelis deeply for several reasons:
1) Prior to the Jordanian/Syrian/Egyptian-iniated 1967 Yom Kippur War, East JErsualem was controlled by Jordan including the revered Western Wall (Judaism's holiest site). Jews were not allowed to pray there, let alone visit there. However, Israel never made any agressions to its neighbor to take East Jerusalem, untill the Arabs attempted to invade Israel (unsuccesfully) and lost the west bank. Only than did Israel take E. Jerusalem and Jews were allowed to pray there. However, just above the wall is the Noble Sanctuary, which while not appearing anywhere in the Qu'ran (Jerusaelm isn't mentioned either), is holy to Islam and Israel not only allowed Muslims to pray at but surrended day to day contol of it to Muslim clerics. Such is the way of the Jews.
Now, the Arabs want East Jerusalem back and Jews are very nervous (we don't trust Arabs all that much) that we may lose the western wall and all sacred to Judaism if Arafat and his terrorist militias control it. Their record on preserving Jewish holy sites is shitty (David's Tomb). So, Israel WILL NOT divide Jerusalem. We won it from an invading army, the Palestinians NEVER lived there, never held title to it, so why should something so important to us be given to them, when its possible we could lose it forever.
Another issue involves the so called "right of return" that Palestinains who left Israel after its founding be allowed to return and live in Israel. This has only been brought up in negotiations recently, a sign that once the Arabs get one thing, they wont stop and will try and get more. We offered parts of Jerusalem, they sensed weakness, and now are demanding more. Well, Israel will never allow the Palestinains back in because very simply, it would destroy Israel. Israel was mandated by the British Government (owner of Palestine prior to Israel/Jordan/Lebanon) and the UN as the Jewish State. Now, that doesn't mean that non jews can't live in Israel, they do, and happily for the most part. Druze and Arab Israelis take part in all facets of society (not required to serve in the defense force however) as do Christians. But allowing in over 2,000,000 angry anti-Israeli violent Palestinians who have determined to detroy Israel for 50 years is something Israelis are not too excited about. It won't happen, it can't. Israel would cease to exist.
I don't know what CFalk is talking about in regards to resources. All of Israel, territories included, are pretty devoid of resources, it's mostly dessert. Water is scarce and most is desalinized from the Dead and Red Seas. So I'm not really sure what you are talking about. Oil? No way dude. Gold? haha. Rocks? You bet!
What are the other issues? Statehood? Yeah I guess. Israel just wants peace, if that means the Palestinian Authority becoming a real state, so be it. They've already got a casino and airport, so I guess they are pretty close.
Palestinians, however, don't want to be cut off from Israel. Israel is short on labor and high paying jobs are readily available as are modern conviences, good hospitals, shopping, and entertainment. Now, no Palestinians are allowed in. If PA becomes a state, expect that to continue.
Tzvika: Your spot-on. I wish our friends here had a clue.
Cfalk, most of your post makes no sense. Raising a wall and giving both sides missiles to destroy each other??? Do you have the IQ of a rat's tuckus?
Your upset because you have to *READ* about the conflict on the news??? Aww poor child. It's not like all your windows are sandbagged because of sniper fire from across the street, or your too afraid to drive on a certain road out of fear of being robbed and murdered. Or maybe taking a bus to work......Or you son/daughter on a school bus......Or your wife coming home from the market taking a short cut. Nope thats no big deal, you have to read about the trouble and thats absolutely tragic. Well, sorry to disturb you.