Essay: Why Israel Needs a Gentle Intifadeh Victory

As diplomatic theory, its charm remains irresistible: the intifadeh is a blessing in disguise. A rising spiral of violence and economic dislocation will propel Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization to concessions deemed impossible before the Palestinian uprising began in December 1988. Get a peace process going, reason the U.S.'s Middle East savants. Any process. Get the parties a little bit pregnant, and there will be no turning back.

They are right about the pain, but they forget about the fear. In politics -- and especially political negotiations -- abortion is never illegal.

Israel's intercommunal war is steadily escalating. As in...

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