Attitudes Must Change

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, February 10, 2005

Attitudes Must Change

February 10, 2005

If peace is to breakout in the Middle East, attitudes must change.

So must theology, including the belief that Allah demands that Jews vacate Israel and/or die.

In the midst of the carefully staged pictures is a stark reality.

Palestinian authority preachers continue to deliver sermons calling for Israel 's destruction.

And the so-called "cease-fire" is conditioned on a long list of Palestinian demands, many of which Israel cannot possibly meet for its own security.

Palestinians promise nothing.

This is a familiar pattern.

Violence leads to concessions by Israel and more money from the west.

When the maximum benefits are extracted, the violence resumes.

You don't have to be a prophet to understand that Israel 's enemies want all of the land and none of Israel.

As Margaret Thatcher once said, "we in the west make a mistake when we transpose our morality on those who don't share it."

How right she was, especially in the Middle East.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.