June 1, 2006 | Zalman Shoval
The U.S. military victory in Iraq did at first create a more congenial atmosphere among Palestinians for peace with Israel. However, the present situation in Iraq, as well as Iran and Muslim fundamentalism in general, have caused matters to move in the opposite direction. The Palestinians are further away from a spirit of reconciliation and compromise than ever before.
August 2, 2004 | Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi
For the first time since the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, popular rage aimed at the "corrupt leadership" enjoys the backing of the most powerful militia in Gaza - the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Arafat's opponents support the holding of municipal elections and elections to the Palestinian parliament in order to remove the Old Guard from power.
January 19, 2003 | Jeffrey Helmreich