Sunday, June 18, 2017

When Palestinians are Hopeless, Terror Declines; When Hopeful, Terrorism Increases

By Prof. Hillel Frisch

Passover massacre in Netanya, image via IDF Blog
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 498
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: It is a widespread belief that Palestinian hopelessness feeds terrorism and the prospects for peace decrease it. This has always been false. In fact, the opposite is true: when Palestinians feel hopeless, Palestinian terrorism declines; when they are hopeful of gaining the upper hand, Palestinian terrorism increases. An Israeli iron fist is necessary to save both Israeli and Palestinian lives.

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