Fez - For zionists who view all of historic Palestine as their God-given land, there is no room for a reasonable settlement to the dispute over the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza, for they believe that they are simply a biblical real estate endowment for the Jewish people, notwithstanding international law and UN resolutions. Their religiously-based argument, coupled with the ongoing Israeli onslaught on Gaza, convinces me more than ever that it will be virtually impossible to achieve peace in the Middle East and that the establishment of a Palestinian state, side by side with Israel, remains wishful thinking at best.

Samir Bennis is a political analyst.