Since I’m already clearly making trouble today (what with calling for an American Empire and all) I might as well keep it up. I’m sure this one has been suggested before elsewhere, but how about this for a solution to the “Palestine” question:
Israel formally and unilaterally returns the West Bank and Gaza to Egypt and Jordan, and declares that those Arab states have 30 days to shut down terrorism in the territories. After that time, any acts of terrorism launched from the former territories will be considered acts of war by the respective nation now holding them, to which Israel (and hey, let’s go all the way, and the United States) will respond to with the full force of arms.
Palestinian statehood would then become a purely internal Arab matter; if the Egyptians and Jordanians are comfortable with that risk, then by all means, they should set up Mr. Arafat with his own little state.
But with this plan, they bear the full price should the risk prove unjustified…