I believe this is less likely now after the death of Abu Arafat and the current Middle East political climate per soverign states. Egypt and Jordan have viable peace treaties with Israel (with Morocco next). The Iraqi military threat has been removed from the equation. By seeding insurgents into Iraq, Syria has already pushed the bully envelope as far as she dares and has suffered the humiliation of being booted out of Lebanon. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is occupied with tremendous internal problems.Originally Posted by Fantasea
Israel is voluntarily and unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza. Abu Abbas and Palestine have nothing to gain and everything to lose if they screw this initiative up. This is their golden opportunity to either put up or shut up.
One must also consider another important facet. The Arab nations of the Middle East have not been able to keep up with the hi-tech weaponry developed and employed by the Israel Defense Forces. Any conventional invasion of Israel by Arab nations today would result in a much more severe thrashing than they received in 1967 if that is possible.
The predominant dangers to Israel today are terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hizb'allah (Hezbollah), a nuclear-weaponized Iran, and the vicious spittle that eminates from the Arab bloc at the esteemed United (Dysfunctional) Nations.