I’m not sure that terrorism would vanish without foreign support, or that the Arab/Jewish situation is analogous to that of France and Germany. Neither France and Germany had the jihad ideology continually enflaming matters, and that ideology will continue to exist once foreign support is removed — weakened, to be sure, but still present.
In any case, there is some value in what Finnish analyst Antero Leitzinger says here. From “EXPERT INTERVIEW: Finnish Researcher Antero Leitzinger On Global Issues” in Global Politician, with thanks to Anthony:
RM: What do you believe are the obstacles to Middle East peace and why?
AL: The Arabs have been indoctrinated into a political mythology that denies all realistic self-criticism and provides convenient scapegoats for everything. In South Lebanon, I saw once a large Hezbollah poster blaming the USA for “all our problems”. This reminded me of the standard explanation by Soviet travel guides, who used to explain all their poverty by the sacrifices during the war, some 40 years earlier, although meanwhile, Germany and Japan had already recovered from the war. This type of reasoning is politically left-wing, a product of the Arab Socialism that dominated Middle Eastern societies far too long. The Arab world needs now a healthy right-wing reaction, strength to cope with the harsh realities of life, and rational assessment of what can be achieved at what costs. Maybe it was unjust, that the state of Israel was founded on Arab soil, but so are many things in the world, not least in history, and we still have to go on living. Many Arab governments have learned to live with the realities, and should be supported, while the common people still need to be educated for responsibility. It is in their own best interest. There should be no obstacles unless some people still want to carry unfounded hopes of easier solutions, like by further internationalizing of the disputes through UN resolutions, or terrorism.
RM: What needs to be done then to make a peaceful Middle East? What forces are stopping the peace movement, and what should be done about them?
AL: Peace between Israel and Syria would provide the former with safe borders. Syria should also stop all its support for Palestinian terrorists. All the suicide bombers and masked gunmen in Che Guevara T-shirts, who keep appearing on Palestinian TV and funerals, should be eliminated forever. Terrorists do not grow on trees, and if their foreign support is drained out, they will vanish. The Palestinians would then feel free to lean toward their brethren inside the 1948 borders, the so-called Israeli Arabs, who have a long experience of peaceful coexistence. Together, they should form a strong moderate majority and marginalize the extremists. There is no reason, why Jews and Arabs would need to fight each other. Germans used to live much longer in antagonism toward the French and Poles, but now they are on friendly relations. In a few decades, we could look back to the Middle East conflict as a short crisis in a basically positive, long history.