Israel and the Muslims should have finished their active conflict long ago out of exhaustion and sheer boredom. Two pieces of desert, the Negev and the Sinai, along with marshes nearby, on the outskirts of the Arab world, are of no importance to Muslims. Jerusalem isn’t a fashionable religious destination like Mecca. Muslims are ok with the Jews, who didn’t fight them in the crusades or oppress them during colonization. The conflict with Israel is largely a means for the Muslims to draw foreign media attention, to gain the respect they—like all humans—desperately need but cannot command, being comparatively undereducated and underdeveloped. The conflict with Israel also builds on the Muslim predisposition to charity. Prescribed in Islam and culturally inbuilt by centuries of practice, charity finds a welcome object in the Palestinian mujahedeen. Through the financial support, foreign Muslims incorporate themselves into the glorious struggle, whether it is defense against the US-propped enemy or jihad to cleanse the land of Islam of (Jewish) European occupation.

no party wants Israeli-Palestinian peace

Palestinians need the conflict to live on. Their economic way of life is empty. Lacking a work ethic and a culture of learning, they are bound to primitive manufacturing and subsistence farming. Even if they miraculously reached the efficiency of Jewish farmers in Gaza, Palestinians still could not employ their millions of ever-breeding people in farming. Extorting aid-funds from Muslims and the West is necessarily the Palestinians’ main business. Even the currently content landowners will become discontent in the next generation, as their children ask for the modern lifestyle rather than goat-herding.

The Israeli ruling clique needs the conflict for many of the same reason as the Muslims. Israel, ridden with socialism and welfare, lags economically miles behind the West. To be prime minister of an impoverished minuscule state in the middle of nowhere is dubious glory. To be a warrior prime minister of the state on the front line of the battle of civilizations and on front pages of Western media is more attractive. Israel’s rulers loathe giving away her land, although for reasons that are neither religious nor nationalist; rulers want to preside over a bigger state, and no government ever willingly gave away the state’s territory. Under pressure from foreign peers to satisfy the Palestinians, the Israeli ruling clique relinquishes the land grudgingly, and irrationally delays the process. If Judea, Samaria, and Gaza are not Jewish lands, why delay? Give them to the Arabs, and let them build a failed state there—who cares? Concentrate on stopping the infiltration rather than controlling the Palestinian entity.

The West supports the conflict for balance-of-power reasons. It takes the miracles of resourcefulness from the American leaders to push for peace (and so attain reputations as powerful peacemakers) with one hand, and resist the peace with the other hand. Mild warfare creates the ideal situation for international arbiters who are sought by both sides. The profits are not merely political, but also military (bases and influence) and economic (arms sales). When the smoldering conflict blazes into a war, America, France, and Russia scream and interfere to stop the fighting: arbitration is nice, but a full-blown war in the oil region is not desirable.

Media fans the conflict by exaggerating the news and exacerbating spiraling tensions. Peace is one-week event; war has been making news for close to a century by now. Peaceful life provides content for township newspapers; major outlets seek bloody sensations.

Moralists are interested in finding and trumpeting injustices rather than bringing justice. Peace is not their objective.

Conservative politicians support a hard line per se. That line could coincide with colonialist habits (such as anti-Arab prejudice); anti-Semitism; contempt for the weak, undeveloped, and uneducated; or other features. Hardliners don’t want peace, but rather enforcement of their preferred lines.
Voters want peace, but don’t make policies.