The Wet-Clay Protest

As the peace talks progress, a fresh union of Palestinian rejectionists hardens its efforts to demolish the negotiations

On a crisp autumn day last year Palestinian negotiators returned home from the opening of Middle East peace talks in Madrid to a rousing welcome from their once skeptical constituents. Thousands of Palestinians lined the streets in the West Bank city of Jericho, waving olive branches and whooping with joy. It seemed that finally the Palestinian masses had embraced the idea of bargaining -- instead of fighting -- for their future.

It hasn't worked out quite that way. One year later, and with a new, more accommodating government installed in Israel, no one in the occupied territories is cheering the peace...

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