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Friday, April 25, 2008

Video: Suicide bomber turned peace campaigner

A would-be Palestinian suicide bomber has turned peace campaigner after being freed from prison. Shifa al-Qudsi volunteered to blow herself up to kill Israelis during the Palestinian intifada. Sky's Middle East correspondent, Dominic Waghorn, met her. Let's go to the videotape and then I'll have a couple of comments.

There are two problems here. First, there are very few Shifa al-Qudsi's. Most 'Palestinians' lionize the 'martyrs' and approve of the violence. Even those who don't, generally are sympathetic to the terrorists. The violence has become ingrained in 'Palestinian' culture. The odds of Shifa al-Qudsi affecting a significant number of 'Palestinians' are not good.

Second, there is no indication that she or anyone else among the 'Palestinians' are giving up on their maximalist demands. While many Israelis are ready for peace, they are only ready as part of a compromise. So far, it is only the Israelis who have been willing to give anything. There won't be peace until 'Palestinians' understand that in an agreement neither side gets everything it wants. Sadly, no 'Palestinian leader' has conditioned his 'people' for that possibility.


At 5:18 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


Your skepticism is correct. As I blogged in February, she hasn't changed at all.

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians have never been defeated outright by Israel. So they have no reason to change. From their point of view, its Israel's that's weak and on the run. There's no historical precedent for a victorious party moderating its demands and only the Jews have moderated their demands. The other side hasn't.


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