Some thoughts from Israel. First of all, Einstein's definition of madness seems spot on: "repeating the same thing while expecting different results". Namely, with no leadership and certainly no vision, I don't expect anything to change... they send rockets over, we respond with F16 bombers, they continue, we invade. Lots of death and destruction.
Rinse and repeat (every N years). Hatred and intolerance deepen.
Second observation: Churchill remarked about the Americans but could just as well apply to the Israelis: "They always do the right thing. After having tried everything else". Maybe it's time to do the right thing.
Ah... you wonder, whatever may that be? You're so smart... just tell us.
Simply put... cooperate to build an economically strong Palestinian state. Why not? It's worked in Europe (Germany, France, Yugoslavia, ...). In Asia (Japan, Vietnam, ...). What's so special about Israel?
Nothing. Except... ever since Rabin's assassination the government has manipulated us into believing that we can indeed have our cake and eat it too -- a successful economy and an effective "security barrier" coupled with repression in the West Bank -- the average Tel-Aviv resident hasn't had to face up to the Palestinian reality. There's nothing worse than beginning to believe your own propaganda.
In fact, in a tragically ironic way the very success of "Iron Dome" (the missile interception system) is going to make a sustainable peace harder to achieve. I mean after all, things aren't all that bad. The sirens go off, the missile is intercepted, a boom is heard. Anxiety levels have gone up. But back to our daily routines (work, the gym to work off the anxiety, movies, restaurants...).
Meanwhile in downtown Gaza...