And from the other side (both politically and geographically), Chris from PA enters the fray to back up my initial thoughts. He writes:
There is NO ONE over there admirable, or even close. Israel has lost all moral authority. It is shameful. That aside, and closer to your point, it's also just stupid. A complete lack of insight into human behavior.
Colin Powell is right on this one (and I agree, I think he's speaking on his own; it's been pretty much shown he's a lone voice of reason at 1600 PA these days).
As long as the Israelis keep treating the Palestinians like dogs, the Palestinians will act like dogs. Not too hard to figure out, and it doesn't matter who's side you're on.
Case closed on that one.