Israel Is the Intifadeh Losing Steam?

Palestinians turn their frustration on one another

The first phase was remarkable: using stones and strikes, Arab youths managed to befuddle the Israeli army and gain some national pride. But after 20 months of rebellion and bloodshed, Palestinians in the occupied territories are growing tired as they grimly realize that their heady sacrifices have yet to budge the Israelis. Although the intifadeh promises to smolder indefinitely, fewer and fewer Arabs are actively taking part in the violence. The worst outbursts of rage are now directed at other Palestinians, while weary residents are increasingly willing to defy the frequent strike orders that once commanded near total obedience.

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