Since incessant warfare and large-scale massacre has apparently been going on since the Old Testament era, there is no such thing as Middle East peace.
In the Old Testament, kill tallies [on both sides] hit five figures on a semi-regular basis, without the help of modern weapons, so the recent Gaza conflict only counts as a minor scuffle.
- Why there will never be a sequel to “Prince of Egypt”: [protagonist gives orders to kill civilian prisoners] http://www.thebricktestament.com/the_wilderness/massacre_of_the_midianites/nm31_17.html
- Divine command not to make any peace treaties with your neighbours: [negotiations not allowed] http://www.thebricktestament.com/judges/punishment_for_incomplete_genocide/jg02_02.html
- Punishment for actually tolerating people from a different ethnic group: http://www.thebricktestament.com/judges/punishment_for_incomplete_genocide/jg02_03.html
- Once again, orders from above to “kill them all”: http://www.thebricktestament.com/king_saul/saul_rejected_for_incomplete_genocide/1s15_16p18-19.html
- Punishment for not killing everyone and their animals: [at this point, the only ones left alive was the enemy king who was scheduled to be executed anyway, and some livestock] http://www.thebricktestament.com/king_saul/saul_rejected_for_incomplete_genocide/1s15_22.html
I don’t trust any deity who seems to be unable to keep the peace in their own territory, and whose followers are always fighting among each other.
That being said, I don’t think getting rid of religion will make things better. People will just find something else to fight about [those atheist authors are just being naïve and idealistic].
And on a final note, this must be City Harvest’s favourite episode: [give us all your money or drop dead]