Half measures rarely result in the success of the goals they are implemented to achieve. The West, including Israel, needs to accept this.
Accepting the half-measure of Wilson’s Fourteen Points and not defeating or occupying Germany in 1918 led directly to WW2 and its tens of millions of dead.
The full-measure defeat of Germany and Japan in 1945 led to their becoming freer, wealthier, better-educated than ever in their history, and political, economic and military allies since.
Throughout history, victors have taken some or all of the lands of those they have vanquished. The Apache took the land of the indigenous people they conquered (and annihilated – heard of the Anasazi lately?). America took the land of the indigenous peoples we conquered, and of the Spanish in 1898. The USSR took the land of those it conquered, as did the Persians, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, the Zulus, the Aztecs, the Czars…. It’s called “the way the world works.”
In 1967, Israel was attacked by, and defeated, neighboring forces. Israel then accepted the half-measure of “occupying” those lands rather than the full measure of accepting their role as conquerors and forcing the vanquished to adjust to the victors. Being “nice” to enemies never has a good outcome; that it has not in Israel can surprise only those without any knowledge of history. Israeli citizens have been paying ever since for their leadership not taking the full measure of accepting their responsibility as victors; a responsibility to both the victor and to the vanquished.
Israel never asked for war. They have asked only for peace. Muslims and, increasingly, Western “Leaders” have acted for war rather than for peace in the guise of increasingly imbalanced demands and a non-functional “Peace Process” which is exactly a half-measure.
For Israel to continue to pretend that half-measures can work, that a “Two State Solution” will achieve their goal of peaceful coexistence (demonstrably not the goal of their opponents in Arab or Persian lands, or in Western Capitals), is to misread history. It may have made sense for a time to try to be nice in a modernizing world but it is past clear that their opponent is not modernizing and, with Obama’s perfidy at the UN on 23 December 2016, the coexistence fantasy must be seen as the chimera it is.
Israel needs to act to end the half-measures, defeat their opponents, and accept their role as conquerors of the lands of those who attacked them, and who continue to do so. Doing so with the finality required will be, as it has been from Alexander to Nagasaki, the only way to create any sort of lasting peace between cultures unable to coexist.
And the West needs to quit the obviously failing half-measures against these same opponents attacking our citizens and societies globally, for the same reason:
There can be no peace between cultures with such drastic differences in expectations and behaviors without first one defeating the other.
In history, there are no “ties.”