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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Sept. 30, 2003 / 4 Tishrei, 5764

After 3 years, Arabs becoming disillusioned with intifada, Arafat

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Did Sharon's strategy actually work?


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | (KRT) RAMALLAH — When the current Palestinian uprising began three years ago Sunday, Imad Mustafa threw rocks at Israeli soldiers in hopes of forcing them out of the West Bank forever.


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Today the teenager's ambitions are more modest: persuading Israeli soldiers to grant him permission to travel to university classes in the Palestinian city of Nablus, 31 miles to the north.

"It's not good we have this suffering, although every occupation needs its resistance," said Mustafa, 19, halfheartedly defending the uprising he once fervently supported.

"We wasted three years for nothing," interrupted a fellow permit seeker, Mahar Tarhir, who stood in line behind Mustafa at the Israeli military liaison office on the outskirts of Ramallah. "This uprising didn't accomplish anything," complained Tarhir, 25, an aluminum store owner whose business is separated from his home by an Israeli checkpoint born of the uprising. "Now we often need to spend nights away from our homes if we want to get to work."

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Anger and disillusionment have replaced the fighting spirit that had propelled the Palestinian movement seeking an end to Israeli control of the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel captured in its 1967 after being attacked by its Arab neighbors.

Many Palestinians blame Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority for allowing the popular uprising to evolve into an unwinnable armed conflict between extremist groups and the Israel Defense Forces, grinding on from year to year as Israel steadily tightens its military grip on Gaza and the West Bank.

"There's no vision, no strategy, no leadership," said Sari Nusseibeh, formerly the Palestine Liberation Organization's representative in Jerusalem and president of the al Quds University there. "The whole thing just went haywire."

Critics say Arafat's government inflamed passions at the start of the uprising, but the Palestinian Authority's failure to establish achievable goals for the movement allowed it to fall in the hands of the militant Islamic groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, whose dual ambitions of destroying Israel and the Palestinian secular government have defined the uprising ever since.

Arafat's Fatah political party countered the militants by introducing an armed faction of its own, the al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, only adding to the death and destruction. Palestinian terrorist attacks and Israeli military reprisals have claimed more than 3,000 lives in three years and left swaths of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in ruins.

The mistake, along with endemic corruption in the Palestinian Authority and his failure to boost living standards, cost Arafat dearly. An April poll by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center found that only 21 percent of Palestinians still considered him their most trusted leader, a stark contrast to the 88 percent who voted for him to be their president in 1996. Moreover, 1 in 3 of the Palestinians surveyed in April didn't trust any Palestinian leader, according to the poll of 1,201 people, which had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

At Ramallah's main square, where a prominent Arafat billboard has been replaced with an advertisement for cellular phones, street vendor Abdul Majid, 40, could barely curb his anger at the Palestinian leader and the government for allowing the uprising, or "intifada," to drag on.

"The Palestinian people sacrifice themselves and the Palestinian leaders fail to use those sacrifices to further our goal," said the vendor, who refused to give his last name for fear of retribution from armed Fatah loyalists patrolling the streets. "They planned to remove the Israeli occupation, and now the most we can hope for is to remove checkpoints."

The Palestinian Authority, aware that the uprising has backfired, has spent the past five months trying to regain control, Nusseibeh said.

"There's a serious attempt to establish some law and order and get their act together," Nusseibeh said.

He and other leading Palestinian intellectuals took out a full-page advertisement Thursday in the Arabic-language newspaper al Quds in Jerusalem, calling on the incoming prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, and his soon-to-be named Cabinet to lay out steps and goals to end Israeli occupation and achieve an independent state.

"If you go around asking people to lay down arms with no guarantees of where things are headed, that's not going to work," Nusseibeh said. "We have to make our commitment to the settlement of peace clear and unambiguous to everyone, including ... the Israeli people. We need to make clear that it has costs, it has benefits and in order for us to achieve it, we must lay down arms."

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