Jewish World Review Dec. 10, 2004 / 27 Kislev, 5765

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Can Peace break out in the Middle East? | While I'm obsessing over peace in the Middle East, I wanted to pass along some poll results from the Jerusalem Post:

"A majority of 51.8 percent of the Palestinians polled said that they were opposed to "military operations" against Israeli targets and consider them harmful to Palestinian national interests, compared with 26.9% last June. Only 41.1% of the Palestinians believe that terrorist attacks should continue compared with 65.4% last June.

According to the poll, a majority of Palestinians, 59.3%, feel optimistic regarding the future in general, compared with 45.3% last June."

The poll suggests that peace just may have a chance of breaking out in the Middle East. Arafat's death continues to pay dividends and maybe the Godfather of Terrorism finally did something to make the world a better place to live. He died.

BTW, I have made no secret that I am a strong supporter of Israel. Many Palestinians believe that all Americans blindly support Israel in all negotiations with the Palestinian authority. But everytime I see a father cradling his dead child because of the ongoing war, it breaks my heart.

I can't tell the difference between a dead Israeli child and a dead Palestinian child. And daring to speak for the Almighty, I believe that G-d can't either.

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon is daring to do what it takes for peace. Chances are good he will be killed by one of his own if he ever makes peace with the "enemy."

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Hamas members are tired of watching their leaders being blown to bits by Israeli soldiers.

And now the Palestinian people are starting to imagine a world where they can live peacefully next to their enemy.

Just as with Iraq, we all have a long way to go. But seeds are being planted across the Middle East. And maybe, just maybe, peace will break out in Israel in our lifetime.

I look at it this way. If the Red Sox can win the World Series, anything is possible.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) hosts “Scarborough Country,” 10 p.m. ET, weeknights on MSNBC. He is the author of the recently published "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day : The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)Comment by clicking here.

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