Middle East Still Stuck in the Stone Age

As the Palestinian uprising enters its third year, both sides have reason to mourn

Beatings. Mass arrests. Rubber, plastic and lead bullets. The Israeli army has deployed all these and more against the Palestinians in a futile effort to smash the revolt that erupted in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Dec. 9, 1987. In the two years since then, Israel's politicians have bickered endlessly and fruitlessly in the search for a solution. The intifadeh goes on, the deaths go on, the Arab-Israeli stalemate goes on.

Back in 1987, few thought the revolt would last long enough to mark a first anniversary, let alone a second. Israeli leaders insisted the rebellion would be...

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