Hatred Hinders Palestinian-Israeli Peace

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, June 13, 2003

Hatred Hinders Palestinian-Israeli Peace

Let's see, now. It's been a week since peace supposedly broke out all over in the Middle East following the Bush-Abbas-Hussein-Mubarik confab in Jordan.

And what is the toll? More than two-dozen dead and the promise of more homicide bombings and retaliatory attacks to come.

President Bush - so good on so many things - is wrong when he says there are those in the region who hate peace. What they hate is Israel and the Jewish people.

Too many Westerners can't get it through their skulls that the Palestinians don't want to live side-by-side with the Jews. They want to live on top of their graves. It isn't about two states. It's about one state.

The secularists don't understand how religiously motivated people are not persuaded by promises made by those they consider infidels. Why would anyone think that people who believe they are God's warriors would make deals with the servants of the devil?

The so-called "Palestinians" have been mistreated by their own leaders. The Palestinians could have had a state long ago, but chose extinction of the Jews over co-existence.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.