12 Years Ago in TIME

When it comes to the fighting between PALESTINIANS and Israelis, there is one thing almost everyone agrees on: the conflict has been going on too long. The situation in 1990, when stoning and fisticuffs were common, seems almost tame compared with today's violence.

The glaziers of Jerusalem will be rich if the intifadeh goes on like this. They charge $1,500 to install car windows that are shatter-resistant. People are paying. The Palestinian uprising is 2 1/2 years old. It has hardened into a dreary, bitter ritual. The reciprocal stoning and beating obey Newton's Third Law of Motion--for every action there is...

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