Israel will never turn armed might into strategic security. If need be, it could win a war against all its enemies combined. But if it wants peace it must face the decision it has avoided for 40 years: withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories. Military victories and land grabs are futile. Security will come only with political resolution.
— Some valedictory reflections offered by Ehud Olmert, Israel’s outgoing prime minister, when he announced his resignation last September. (The peace has been lost to Israel’s military victories)

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