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Jewish World Review August 7, 2002 / 29 Menachem-Av, 5762

Despite Appearances, Israel Is Winning

By Daniel Pipes | Appearances to the contrary, Israel is defeating the Palestinians.

For one piece of proof, note this reversal a few weeks ago: Yasir Arafat announced his belated acceptance of a generous Israeli offer that he had spurned two years earlier. This time, however, the Israelis responded with disdain.

To be sure, the Palestinian campaign of terror continues apace, with frequent, bloody successes. But it has failed to have the intended effect of demoralizing Israelis. Quite the contrary, the violence has promoted a sense of resolve and unity the likes of which Israel has not enjoyed for decades. "Rather than undermine our morale, the terrorist attacks only strengthen our resolve," observes JWR's Yossi Klein Halevi. A "notoriously fractious society has rediscovered its commonality," he concludes.

In contrast, consider three ways in which the Palestinians' own violence is causing them to suffer, lose ground, and have doubts:

In brief, terrorism is not working. It takes a toll on the Palestinians without having the intended effect on Israel. Barring a major change, the Palestinians will wear themselves out fairly soon, probably by the year's end.

JWR contributor Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and the author of several books, most recently Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes from. Comment by clicking here.


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