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RE: Arafat dead?
From a more practical (ok, cynical) standpoint, I'd say that there is nothing we can do that would broker a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Far too much bad blood there, and not just over a simple territorial dispute. In fact, it seems to me the more we interfere, the more difficult and protracted the situation becomes, and the more instability we foster in the middle east.
Usually, the only way disputes of these types are resolved is through war -- someone has to pound the hell out of someone else. If we back out, this will happen, and the conflict will be resolved. Resolved violently and with bloodshed, definitely, but it is my belief that this violence and bloodshed will occur eventually, it's just a matter of how long it will be before it happens. And the longer it festers, the more die in the meantime, and the worse the eventual beatdown will be.
And this concludes my very cynical and probably offensive argument for noninterference with this conflict.