The Dictatorship of Hope, Arab Idol or Not

Hope is a means of control with proven efficacy; hope being an abstract concept, it can be manipulated endlessly.

The condition of the Palestinian people is as bad as it gets, and that’s old news. Anyone with any sense understands that any hope that things will ever get better is illusory, yet nevertheless one often hears the assertion − cruel, cynical, and condescending − that it is important for the Palestinians to have hope, since hopeless people are capable of terrible things, whereas when they are tempted by...