Palestinians Only Lose with Violence

(National -- Abu Dhabi) Editorial - Thursday's raid on Israel, by a Palestinian splinter group taking advantage of Egypt's current inability to police the Sinai Peninsula, was a setback for the cause of Palestinian statehood. Attacks like this one do more harm than good to the Palestinian cause. Considering the world's deep aversion to anything that smacks of terrorism, such bloodshed can only damage the Palestinians' long-nurtured plan to win approval at the United Nations, in less than a month, for an independent state. If the status quo is to change to the advantage of the long-suffering Palestinians, then Hamas, and Fatah, must find a way to rein in, not to say permanently neutralize, groups which are capable, with a dozen rifles and a few small rockets, of changing the temperature of the region's affairs any time they feel like it.

2011-08-24 00:00:00

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