I've been pondering the Middle East problem and I think I've thought of a solution if we could just get everyone to agree to it. It's pretty simple.
We should give Israel some or all of our southern border with Mexico. If they could just release their attachment to that piece of desert over there they could have a bigger, nicer piece of desert here. Maybe George Bush would be willing to set aside a chunk of Texas? Or we might could figure out how to make a long strip of territory for them all along the border. Israel is not very big. Here is how it compares to California which is smaller than Texas:
map from http://www.iris.org.il/sizemaps.htm
Wouldn't it be quite attractive for them to relocate to a larger, generally much more peaceful area where they would be more welcomed and appreciated? Of course, in exchange for our land we could have benefits too. Israel would do a fine, no really, an excellent job at providing security at this very vulnerable and disregarded border.
I know that the religious connection to Jerusalem is ultra-important to the Jewish people, but from a 'pure-bred' American point of view (referring to being descended from people who fled their home land for a better place) I must wonder if it is really worth all the fighting and death. Maybe the Jewish people will find their Messiah who will show them a New Promised Land? You know, something's got to give. I think it's time for all of us to rethink the way things are and the way they could be. If things stay on the course they are on now all of these men are going to insist on bringing their own religions' prophecies into being. It doesn't have to be that way. Could George Bush be the New Messiah? Maybe if he could convince Israel to move to a better place. And any Americans who gave up their land for the sake of Israel would surely be highly compensated with money as well as renown. It's just a thought.
Yeah, I know, dream on...