The wonder is not that the Palestinian Authority seethes with violence and instability; there are other places too where bloodshed is the daily fare. The wonder is not that the Palestinians, who receive copious amounts of international aid – more than $1.2 billion last year from Western governments alone – channel so much of their resources into weapons and warfare. The wonder
is that so many voices still push for a Palestinian state. But has any population ever been less suited for statehood than the Palestinians? From the terrorists they choose as leaders to the jihad promoted in their schools, their culture is drenched in violence and hatred. Each time the world has offered them sovereignty – an offer that the Kurds or the Chechens or the Tibetans would leap at – the Palestinians have opted instead for bloodshed and rejectionism.