Now let's say Western policy elites get what they wish for. The Palestinians are granted a viable state all of the West bank and there is a deal over sharing Jerusalem. Oh happy day! DC is finally free of this huge policy distraction and can get on with the Great Game. The Israelis will be sulking in the corner but eagerly awaiting the huge enduring bung an elated POTUS Barry has promised them. Israel makes a peace with the Arabs. The restive populations that cower under the Arab elites we favor would be mollified and that's good for energy security isn't it? Will we have drained the swamps of terrorism? Bin Laden hands himself in, Ayman al-Zawahiri endorses gay rights and Mullah Omar retires to farm Pata Negra. Well obviously not. Indeed the first two would be furious and issue a Fatwah against the apostate Pals. Over time we could reasonably expect to have a few less bearded numpties to deal with. But what if it all goes pear shaped as I was saying on another thread: Freedoms march spreads through the region, but its the wrong kind of freedom. Hostile to DC and backed by Qom. We lose our oil rich Arab client states to angry population mobilized by the Pals example. Not saying that's what would happen. Judging by recent behavior the Pals would probably be at each others throats much of the time. But would a Pal state really be a secure bet? A single state solution where the Pals get a fairer shake might actually be a safer goal if even more challenging.