This is a conflict that is perpetuated, in no small part by assistance from the US and other "outsiders," because the leaders of both groups of people want it to continue.
Please name the other "outsiders" and provide evidence of their annual billions in support. The U.S.--frankly--is solely responsible for this endless disaster because they're the only ones who could stop it in an instant if they wanted to. The Israelis are addicted to killing at this point, and can't stop on their own. Some Palestinians are too--but they are renegades. With Israel it's official policy. The U.S. and only the U.S. can stop it--all of it--in an instant, which is why the U.S. is the only country where the news is so completely censored.
By the way Marsden, the idea that Israel should use bottle rockets because that is all the Palestinians have is simultaneously noble and ludicrous. Noble as it seems to imitate the fair play protocol of a genuine duel between English noblemen and the aristocracy in other lands, and ludicrous because everyone uses the most destructive weapon they have when they want to kill their perceived enemies in a conflict as barren of noble principles as war.
Nonsense. Israel (which refuses to permit UN inspections and which refuses to sign the NPT) has the 3rd or 4th largest nuclear arsenal in the world, and can destroy the whole planet. Have you ever heard of the Samson Option? Have you ever heard of the Symington Amendment?
But back to your original premise - if the Palestinians would stop allowing the world to engage in a meaningless argument (such as you and GS and QBN and others are about to embark on again) over who is at fault for the latest violence by just not responding to Israel directly and using international media and stages like the UN to call out Israel on their inhuman occupation tactics instead of lobbing "toy" rockets that occasionally kill or maim Israelis, they might make some progress diluting the support for Israel in the US.
This would hold only if the U.S. could actually learn what's going on. So far that hasn't happened in a single one of these endless "cycles of violence". Americans aren't evil, although many of them are stupid. If they knew what was going on, they'd put a stop to it.
All this "who shot first" bullshit is merely a smokescreen to distract essentially disinterested observers so that zealots can make their points to willing audiences and collect donations of money, weapons and toy rockets. For all sides.
Once again, if that were true, then Americans could read and hear the same stories as the rest of the world.
As others have noted if Palestinian leaders were to lay down their arms, invite, or better yet, demand US and UN oversight of the occupation and return of Palestinian autonomy in their "reservations" this issue would be over in a decade.
Others apparently don't know their history, or elide it for effect. The U.S. has vetoed each and every single such effort in the United Nations. This "argument" like so much else is predicated upon ignorance, willful or otherwise.
So, either the Palestinians who keep lobbing toy rockets that kill and maim an occasional Israeli random citizen, or send suicide bombers to kill and maim shoppers in market districts are really Israelis who want to the conflict to never end and use such tactics - killing Israelis - keep the flames fed, or they are merely Palestinians similarly motivated to keep the conflict alive for their own personal gain. The citizens of Israel and Palestine are not the beneficiaries of this policy of perpetual conflict. And that precludes anyone with an open mind from taking a side, regardless of what clever words Paulo Freire and Leon Uris have linked in a bumper sticker - the clever sounding words in a phrase don't make a sound policy even if you agree with them, not just when they come from Bush.
Israel, as you know, is vastly more powerful than any combination of Palestinians. Thanks to the U.S., they are in the driver's seat each and every step of the way. Can you not then see that if it didn't suit their purposes, they'd stop the killing?