The concept of land for peace has been considerably distorted. What peace is there to have? Originally, the idea was to relinquish the occupied-liberated lands in return for a comprehensive settlement with the Arabs. Moshe Dayan said after the 1967 war, “I’m waiting for a phone call from [Jordanian princeling] Hussein.” No call was placed, though—a sufficient indication that the Arabs don’t care about the lands taken from them.
The peace settlement’s primary goal was to end belligerency with Egypt. Israel has achieved temporary peace through the Camp David Accords, and the current peace process does nothing peaceful. Ostensibly, Israel might be interested in non-belligerency with Syria; such peace, however, is already achieved by Israeli nuclear deterrence. On other hand, Syria won’t destroy its missile arsenals following a peace treaty with Israel. Nor would it stop supporting Hezbollah, which is primarily Syria’s Lebanese arm rather than its anti-Israeli one.

The Saudi peace plan was laughingly arrogant: the Saudis are not at war with Israel, or they would have been bombed back to the Stone-and-camel Age. Even so, the plan imagined peace with all Arab—and possibly all Muslim—states after the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel’s relinquishing of the Golan Heights. Since then Saudis and others, including Condi Rice, have reneged on the deal: they said that Palestinian statehood cannot bring immediate normalization with Arabs. “Not immediate” is a euphemism for “never.”

Meir Kahane turned the offer on its head: we will keep land and they will have peace. And why not? What, Israel cannot pacify Palestinian Arabs other than by giving in to their demands? We want them to stop showering us with rockets; why don’t they want us to stop bombing them? Instead of giving them land, we can offer much better peace terms: sign here and here, and we will stop bombing you. That’s how all normal nations are done.

What’s going on now is not “land for peace.” The proposition’s two sides are hardly related. Not only can we achieve peace without giving up land, but giving up land is extremely unlikely to pacify the region viz-a-viz Israel.

Israelis, who look haughtily at the Holocaust victims who were led like a lamb to slaughter, should better look in the mirror; they should look at how they give away their depth of defense and put up with nuclear Iran.