If there is one endless refrain that we hear from the anti-Zionists on the Huffington Post, it is that "Israel doesn't want peace." Why don't they want peace? Because if they reach peace with the Palestinians, then they will no longer be permitted to build settlements/"steal land" and will have to define their borders. among other reasons.
Although this theory has some merits, there are also elements to it with is akin to a conspiracy theory. When Israel does something to delay the peace process, like refusing a settlement freeze, the theory is backed up: Israel is stalling so that they won't have to make peace. When Israel makes steps toward peace, however, like making a partial settlement freeze or opening Gaza crossings, then the excuses start up. Israel's deceiving us, or they aren't sincere. Or the settlement freeze is meaningless. Or they won't follow through on what they claim. Or they are only doing it to avoid sanction. The list goes on.
The truth, however, is that both sides want peace...but only on their own terms. Click the link below for more.
On one level, the status quo is benefiting both the Israelis and the Palestinians (or at least the Palestinian government). The Israelis figure as long as negotiations aren't happening, they might as well keep building, if for no other reason than to satisfy the far right. Meanwhile, the Palestinians get millions in contributions from UNRWA and their leaders have an unshakeable hold on power, especially in Gaza.
As I said, both sides want peace, but there are other things that they want more. For Israel, it is the guarantee of security and the major settlement blocs in the WB. For the Palestinians, it is East Jerusalem and control over the Al-Aksa mosque. If Israel offered a peace treaty to the Palestinians, but demanded control over all of Jerusalem, there is no way the Palestinians would accept it. More generally, there are extremist elements in Israel who would rather have more settlements than peace (and no, the government is not part of them). There are elements among the Palestinians who would keep fighting until they "liberate" Jaffa and Haifa too. Yet I do not think the Huffington Posters would use this as evidence that the Palestinians do not want peace. Only Israel is the subject of such assumptions and labels.
In the end, of course, the mindset that Israel doesn't want peace is just that: a mindset, based not in fact but in thought. People who believe such things will continue to find whatever they can to back it up, and ignore or marginalize whatever disproves it.