Before Palestinian Arabs can earn a state of their own, they will have to fight and win a war — but not a war against Israel. Before they can claim readiness for sovereignty, the Palestinian majority must put in place leaders brave enough to win a civil war to crush rebellious zealots who demand the conquest of Israel.
The unwillingness of the aging returnees from Tunis to confront the insurrection of Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Palestinian authority was the greatest obstacle to Palestinian statehood. Needed now are new Arab leaders courageous enough to take on the victory-or-nothing absolutists responsible for the death of thousands and misery of millions.
But those men of the future have in the past failed to move into the vacuum at the top.
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