"What the Israeli governments do not realize is that neither Hamas nor Hezbollah need Israel. It is Israel that needs them, and needs them desperately. If Israel wants not to become a Crusader state that is in the end extinguished, it is only Hamas and Hezbollah that can guarantee the survival of Israel. It is only when Israel is able to come to terms with them, as the deeply-rooted spokespersons of Palestinian and Arab nationalism, that Israel can live in peace".
-- What Can Israel Achieve?, by Immanuel Wallerstein, Senior Research Scholar at Yale University; 1 Aug 2006.
Cartoon: Monte Wolverton, via Politics in the Zeros