Thursday, May 02, 2002

Here's 2 things that I'd really like to know about ...

First, what does the average American and European think about the recent events in Jenin, Ramallah, and Bethlehem? Especially the events in Jenin.. The email that I receive is generally from people who sympathize with my perspective, so it's hard for me to know to what extent people were swayed by the media's 10-day-old version.

Second, what kind of impression or message did the average or more educated Palestinian really get from the Israeli strikes? We're told that it radicalizes them even more, that it causes them to think we are cruel or that we don't want peace. But could it be that there are some people who now realize we won't just continue to absorb attacks or be forced into leaving without a peace agreement? Might some people now be more inclined to compromise on Arafat's maximalist demands, or be hesitant about supporting a new round of terror attacks?

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