By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
The terror that rocked Tel Aviv killing four innocent people and injuring another sixteen is still very raw.
In an official statement the Palestinian Authority rejected the act of terror but made no mention of Tel Aviv. That was not an oversight. It was a deliberate omission because Tel Aviv is a modern Zionist city created in 1909 next to the Arab city of Jaffa.
The condemnation statement was issued in writing from the office President Mahmoud Abbas. It read: the PA "reaffirms its rejection of all operations that target civilians from any background regardless of the justifications."
The statement continued: "Achieving a just peace and creating a positive climate is what (will) contribute to removing the causes of tension and violence in the region."
The statement concluded saying: "Achieving peace requires everyone to stop taking any action that will increase tensions and resorting to violence."
According to a recent study, Palestinian support for terror is down slightly from three months ago when a similar study was done. The study focused on stabbings.
Three months ago 58% of Palestinians supported stabbings, now 51% support stabbings.
Three months ago 65% of those asked thought that violence would lead to an Intifada that would lead to improvement in their lives in a way that negotiations would not. Today 58% believe in that theory.
Sometimes small gains are the most important.
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