To end the year on a satirical note, one can always count on Bradley Burston from Haaretz. This editorial on the Gaza siege says it all. Overall, the negative effects of the siege far outweigh the benefits. A strategy of COIN-inspired engagement would be much more effective at increasing Israeli security while also providing Palestinians with their basic needs. Hopefully the coming decade will see more effective policy making on this issue, and on the Israeli-Arab conflict as a whole.
Here's to a peaceful and secure 2010.