Wednesday, June 05, 2002

When I got up this AM I went to check my email and read about the bus bomber in Afula that killed 14 (details).

Just below the Post article about the attack there's a report of comments from PA security chief Jibril Rajoub, who remarked that peace would be attainable if not for Israel's "unilateral aggression against the Palestinian people" and US support.

Many Palestinians have developed the ability to convince themselves of blatantly self-serving falsehoods like this one. To them, Israeli attacks on terrorists like the ones who launched this morning's attack are really attacks on ordinary Palestinians. They put attacks like this morning's into some sort of psychological parentheses (after they finish celebrating) so that Israel's response can be called "unilateral" rather than the preventative retaliation that it is. And they convince themselves that they want "peace", when the only thing that they will accept is Israel's full acquiescence to their maximal demands regarding Jerusalem and "refugees".

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