Just as Hamas is not interested in a peaceful and prosperous Palestine, Israel is not interested in a peaceful Middle East. Being the "West's bulwark against the savage hordes" is too big a part of their way of doing business for them to change.
I'm with you on this. My favorite Tarantino movie both in terms of his usual tricks (snappy dialog, filmic references) and actual filmmaking. And to your moments I really have to add the Cat People sequence.