One of the reasons the Israeli-Palestinian headache drones on-and-on is that the killing and maiming, pain and suffering, like the U.S. supply of weapons to one side, is not equal. Rather than Russia and the U.S. (and other countries) supplying opposing sides with weaponry in competition with one another — the Israelis and Palestinians should be told by international consensus (Arab states, U.S., Russia, everybody):
You don’t want peace, you cannot get along, you cannot agree on geography, housing, blockades, economic parity issues and freedom issues, religion or peace — so, rather than trying to cajole you into peaceful co-existence and peaceful mutual forgiveness, we, the nations of the world are changing the rules for this corner of the Middle East. We will provide each of you, Israelis and Palestinians, with all the weaponry you want to equalize the pain and suffering. Because pain and suffering is so difficult to measure with any accuracy, we will use death and casualty numbers as the objective measure. Hamas — you get US-supplied Apache and Cobra helicopters, tanks, jets and Hellfire missiles so you can do to Israeli land and people what they have done to you. And Netanyahu, you get a supply of Scud missiles, just like those being lobbed into Israel, so Palestinians can appreciate the fear of random, hit or miss Scuds.
When the death and casualties are equal (civilians, soldiers and terrorists counted as equal human beings), the reduction of housing and deteriorated living conditions equal, when the suffering and pain numerically are equal — then, only if you wish, ask each other for peace and ask the world citizens for peace, and peace will be granted. Agree to mutually junk your weapons, and you shall make your own peace, or war — your choice.
This new international school of thought might come to be known as the “The Shared and Equal Pain and Suffering Doctrine of International Relations.”