The Problem with the Peace Process
By the peace process, we mean not merely peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but between Israelis and the entire Arab world. Rick Richman points out the essential problem in Commentary, in 45 Years Later, No Closer to the Truth:
In 1978, Israel traded the entire Sinai for peace; Egypt has recently demonstrated that withdrawals from land are permanent but promises of peace are not. In 2000, Israel offered the Palestinians a state on substantially all the West Bank and Gaza; they declined in favor of a barbaric war on Israeli civilians. In 2001, after Israel accepted the Clinton Parameters, the Palestinians rejected them. In 2005, Israel removed every settler and soldier from Gaza, and got a rocket war in return. In 2008, Israel offered a state again, and got no response at all.
The problem is that it's not a peace process at all -- it is a process of small surrenders eventually leading to the extermination of one side.