To the surprise of no one who actually comprehends the Middle East "Peace Process," the Palestinian Jerusalem Media and Communication Center has released a new poll that shows the majority of the 1200 Palestinians interviewed in Gaza and the West Bank this month said they understood the goal of the Intifada to be the total elimination of Israel.
An earlier poll shows that 72% of respondents do not believe even a permanent peace agreement based on "two nations with two peoples" would be sufficient to end the violence.
This, of course, helps to make sense of the suicide bombing attacks on Israeli civilians. You don't murder your neighbors in the hope that someday you will be able to live together in peace.
Rather, they are going for broke. It's all or nothing for the Palestinian "movement." Either it achieves an ethnically cleansed Israel or it collapses.
The proper response should be to prove how hopeless this aspiration is by slowly and steadily thwarting every expression of it. Spectacular "operations" then become acts of desperation. Eventually, the true believers will be either marginalized or dead.
In the meantime, ordinary, non-homicidal people in the Islamic world are subjected to the most crude and unconvincing news reporting from Palestine such as this wire story from IRNA in Iran.
An "interview" with an Israeli armored bulldozer driver in Jenin yields this bit of insight:
"For three days I just erased and erased every house. The officers warned the Palestinians to leave before I entered, but I didn't give anyone a chance to escape. I would come and give a big hit, the hardest I could, so that the house would fall immediately. I got great pleasure out of every house I took down."
When Nisim was asked how he was able to work three days and three nights without sleep, he said, "I didn't feel tired at all. I drank whisky all the time.
Only a teetotaler would believe that drinking whisky would allow you to stay awake for three days and nights.
What does an intelligent Iranian my age think when he reads such garbage? I can only hope that it makes him wonder what the truth is. That will make him question the wisdom of the prevailing authorities. He will think about the world his children will live in and become concerned about the trajectory of current events. Are things getting better or worse?
As you read this blog, there is a 35 year old guy standing on a hot dusty corner somwhere in Tehran, or Damascus, or Baghdad who feels the best part of the 20th Century passed him by because the jerks who run the country are obsessed with some hopeless political posture that is totally irrelevant to me and, in the name of Allah, that's not going to happen to my son.
That's when real change is possible.