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Italians =/= Romans 2.0So what you're saying is the Italians should take control again, and give us a few hundred years of peace?
Remember that those pesky Goths came in and had their way with things after Rome fell.
Additionally, "Italians" weren't a thing until Garabaldi and his lot made it a thing in 1861 with the Risorgimento. And even after that, there are parts of Italy (Sicily) that are fiercly anti-Italian, and neighbouring minorites (Tyrol, Dalmazia, Tirana) that long to become part of the whole again. You'd find a fair few sympathizers for both sides of the Holy Land question.
All this to say, sorting out grudges from antiquity based on the modern geopolitical landscape is farce. It essentially invalidates the milenia of ...well... history for convenience and nostalgia.
Israel is very much the same as Palestine was and very much like my Italian example: they all are very recently manufactured "states" made for administrative ease, in one way or another.
We can "What If?" the crap out of history, but essentially, Israel was created in 1948 out of guilt by Europeans, and without regard for long term geopolitical impacts.
But now it's been over 100 years since the Balfour declaration and 75 years of Israel being a thing. Egypt and Israel made peace 50 years ago, Jordan as well, and more of the Arab/Islamic world is coming to terms with the fact its costing them money ignoring that lucrative trading partner.
For the Palestinians, they're a pawn being used by the outliers in the region/diaspora to rock the boat. They are being sold a dream that cannot be realized because, well, history happened around them.
I think even the Romans of yore wouldn't want to touch this hornets nest with a decem pes polus.