Peter, the Israeli leadership + most of the world keeps saying that if a 2-state solution is not found soon, the demographic threat will destroy Israel. Now if you were a Palestinian leader, wouldn't it be rational to block the 2-state solution by encouraging terrorism and the inevitable state of Occupation, which is the very life force of the demographic threat? The Fatah website used to have a transcript of a speech by a senior Fatah planner in which he stated unabashedly that the refugees were the "winning card" in the war against Zionism. He also stated upfront that Fatah would block all attempts to resolve the refugee issue. He even boasted about forging hydrology reports (his field) to the UN so that a refugee camp would not get moved to a better location. IOW, Fatah values the suffering of its own people as a tool in the war against Israel. Are the Fatah leaders cunning? Absolutely. But they are completely rational in their strategy, which is why Hamas has bought into the Fatah strategy, even as it competes for political power. And the sooner Israelis understand the Palestinians' strategy, the sooner Israel can start making far more logical decisions in response.
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)
from the article: Mideast peace needs prophets, not yes-men