Originally Posted by TK-8252
If the Palestinians - with their own state - could build an economy where unemployment isn't the 50% that it is now, there would be hope that less young Muslim men would turn to suicide bombing when they have the chance to become electricians, doctors, and engineers instead. That's the bottom line. More people in jobs = less people in terrorism.
Thats what i was going to say. not so much the jobs thing.. but if the palestinian people feel they have a reasonable deal, with a functioning country, then there will be much less support for the terrorists. And its much harder for terrorists to operate without grass roots support.
Technically, even if the palestinians accept the proposed two state solution they are gettng the raw end of the deal.. as they are only getting about half their country back. Based on the inital population of palestine then israel should only be about half as big as it is in the proposed two-state solution.
But as i don't think we'll ever see a fair division, i think the palestinians will just have to settle for the one the UN has agreed to. If they then get their economy up and running there will be far less support for terrorism.
Of course, every time the support for terrorism drops, one of the terrorist groups sets off a bomb, israel reacts, and then the support goes back up.
Its hard for a government to do, but like the UK governemnt learned in the peace process in northern ireland, sometime you just have to NOT REACT. As the extremists become more isolated they become more extreme.. but if you react then you are handing the decision about peace over to a small group of extremists. If you ignore them then they become irrelevant.