Meanwhile, the Palestinian people suffer. They are impoverished. They lack a court system, or even many basic rights we associate with happiness. In an atmosphere where a sense of future possibilities is twisted inward, the citizens explode in violence.
It is in the world?s interest to have a peaceful Palestinian state. This could never happen while Palestinians were oppressed by dictators like Arafat, who empowered himself by sending hopeless citizens across the border to detonate themselves. In the post-Arafat era that can begin to change. It starts with a new Secretary of State, engaging Europe and the Middle East in this historic opportunity for change.