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Change for Palestinians

Reader comment on item: Arguing over "The Way to Peace: Israeli Victory, Palestinian Defeat"

Submitted by Malcolm Citron (United States), Apr 16, 2017 at 23:50

Daniel Pipes,

In presenting their opinions on the current state of affairs in the Middle East, the four contributors (and you, too), fail to mention a change in Palestinian leadership.

In a book written by Nien Chang, LIFE AND DEATH IN SHANGHAI, the author tells us of a leader in the Red Guard who ransacked her home, destroying porcelains and ripping up works of art. Clearly a horrible government official. But when Mao was deposed, and a more benevolent Chinese leader replaced him, this same official came to apologize to Nien Chang and offered to help reclaim lost treasures.

When asked how he could bring about such a change in his attitude, he simply said, "I do what my leader wants me to do" or words to that effect.

So what I'm saying is that Arab leaders in general, and Mr. Abbas in particular should be removed from office and replaced with hand picked (by us) successors. Don't ask me how. I leave that to more knowing people.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Interesting point. But I tend to think attitudes will need to change before the leadership improves.

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