Tell me of one other place in the world where a nation is under such intense pressure from its neighbors and a HUGE population of dissenters and held it together.
You detractors seem to forget that Israel has been attacked by all of its neighbors many times, and has a population of violent dissidents who have harbored criminals and terrorists for years. Look back, and tell me one time where the Israeli's were the first to strike. Every time Israel was attacked, they responded with lethal force, and tempered that quickly with restraint to demonstrate that they were willing and able to defend themselves.
Im not a huge supporter of Israel, because I don't look at any country outside of ours as being a true ally, but I respect the Israelis because they have staked out a very tough corner of the world, and done what was necessary to protect themselves. Their feats are truly amazing.
If the Palestinians were the peaceful victims that you'd romantically envision them to be, then perhaps the other Arab nations, like Egypt for instance, would absorb them instead of keeping them under the same segregated conditions that you accuse Israel of.