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PAGE 10 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER By Gil Sedan JERUSALEM (JTA)--Four years ago last week, all hell broke loose here. Palestinians and Israelis, who for almost a decade seemed on the verge of his- toric reconciliation, turned in opposite directions--kill- ing each other, hating each other and losing hope. Who is winning this inti- fada? Who is losing? Some losers are painfully obvious: According to figures released last Monday by the Shin Bet security service, 1,017 Israelis and foreigners have been killed since the outbreak of the intifada in September 2000 and 5,598 have been wounded. According to unofficial Palestinian figures, at least 3,300 Palestinians have died in the conflict--not to speak of the thousands of wounded, crippled and imprisoned. The second intifada broke out after Ariel Sharon, then .Israel's opposition Likud lead- er, visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, a site holy to both Jews and Mus- lims, on Sept. 28, 2000. 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They have included the Sharon's visit triggered the June 2001 Dolphinarium uprising, while others have disco attack in Tel Aviv in argued that the outing was which 21 youngsters were simply used as a pretext for killed, and the 2002 Passover Palestinians to revolt, massacre at the Park Hotel in Eitherway, riotingsoonen- Netanya in which 30 people gulfed the territories, spilling were killed and more than overbrieflyintoArabpopula- 100 wounded. tion centers inside Israel, and Nevertheless, the Palestin- Israel reacted harshly. The ian cause has lost little credit area has since been caught in world public opinion. By in a bloody cycle of action and large the outside world and reaction whose end is linked Palestinian terrorism not in sight, with the Israeli occupation. This intffada, the second There was the paradox: As such uprising against Israel, Israel paida steadily growing has been the longestwar in the price in blood, anti-Israeli and long Arab-lsraeli conflict, anti-Jewish feelings in Europe In pure military terms, soared. there is no doubt that Israel Still, there is evidence that has won the war. this may be changing. Two Israel has conducted a tar- weeks ago, U.S. Secretary of geted and extensive military State Colin Powell said that campaign to go after the the lack of Palestinian politi- terrorists. And Israeli forces cal reform has led donors who now control most of the ma- provide financial assistance jor population centers that for the Palestinians to grow thePalestinianshadregained weary. during the Oslo process. U.S. President George Palestinianterrorismisbe- Bush, who has shunned Ara- ing contained and some say fat since entering the White that Israelis have learned to House, two weeks ago called live with whatever terrorism on the world community to remains, end its support of "corrupt" If the Palestinians had Palestinian leaders in a hoped to shift the national speech to the U.N. General mood in Israel toward defeat- Assembly. ism, they have achieved the After recent meetings opposite: Many Israelis who with Arab diplomats on the had been strong advocates of sidelines of the U.N. General dialoguewiththePalestinians Assembly, American Jewish no longer believe the conflict Committee executivedirector can be resolved. David Harris said, "There's a Inthefaceoflsraelimilitary change in the tone and the superiority, the Palestinians substance ofthese meetings." turned to their own so-called Arab officials, he said, spoke "F-16," the suicide bomber, openly about their hope for a Palestinian groups---first successor to Ararat. the Islamist Hamas, and And last Tuesday, the Pal- then secular organizations estinian Authority's prime such as the AI-Aksa Brigade minister, AhmedQurei, called of PalestinianAuthorityPresi- on his people to rethink their dentYasserArafat's Fatah fac- fight against Israel. tion--have staged 138 suicide "This anniversary should attacks and 13,730 shooting make us all--the people, attacks since the start of the factions and Palestinian Au- intifada, accordingtotheShin thority--reconsider the past Bet statistics, four years, where we went Suicide bombers have wrong and where we went staged some of the most right," he said. horrendous terrorist attacks Still, the Palestinians are in the history of the Middle largely seen as the underdogs We are seeking individuals to participate in a research study of an Investigational Medication for Crohn's disease. 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Palestinian boy, was shot dead Sharon believes in his father's arms, tragically gagement from Gaza caughtinthecrossfirebetween create a change. IsraelisoldiersandPalestinian But no one knoWS policemen, sure--perhaps even Though investigations Sharon himself--what later showed that AI-Durrah of a future he envisages probably was killed by a bullet the Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian side, in Gaza. the Palestinian narrative, he Israeli diplomats, has become a symbol of the thevacuum the innocentPalestinianvictimin mid-2005 might create! the conflict with the mighty scrambled in Israelis. American In July, the International help in propping Court of Justice sided with free GazaStrip. the Palestinians against And Palestinian Israel's security barrier, and have recently been the European Union in gen- to achieve an eral endorses the Palestinian keeping the peace once demand that Israel quit the leaves Gaza. territories and dismantle Some, though, belieVe settlements, nothing will In addition to the heavy long as Arafat toll in human iif6, both the haps the parties must Israelis and the Palestinians for Arafat s successor to l have paid a very high eco- about the end of the nomic price. The Palestinians have lost vivendi with the Israelis. their primary place of work, After all withforeignworkersreplacing Anwar Sadat Palestinian laborers in Israel treaty proper. The Israelis have lost talYomKippurWarin investors and tourists, though his wink, tourism, too, seems to be re- covering somewhat, streets of Cairo to The year of the millennium should have been an economic gin, boon, drawing waves of pil- the most hated grims and tourists from all Arab world. over the world, but it ended The truth is that anY as a disaster. New hotels built could be rig toaccommodatetheprojected commentators and influx of tourists closed down. blared the fourth One hotel in Nazareth was turned into a detention camp lence in the region forforeignworkers,justbefore at a brisk clip. they are deported. An Israeli settler Some say former Prime Palestinian, claiming s Minister Ehud Barak lost his fense; job to Sharon because of his failure to reach an agreement bomber in Nablus with Arafat and prevent the sam rockets landed intifada, and Israel again But four years later, Sharon be ramping up its has been unable to deliver on to kill terrorist leaderS, his own election promise of the car-bomb killing "peace and security." Now, Hamas leader in as Sharon's Gaza disengage- being widely ment plan gains steam, some Israel and the in Israel are worried that the country faces a potential civil the Popular ResistanCe war. mittees that ended AndArafat, thoughconfined a Hamas man. to his Ramallah headquar- And Riad Ali 42, a ters by the lsraelis, is still Israeli j considered the leader of the CNN, was kidnapped i~' Palestinians. Although Bush, last Monday. in his U.N. speech last week, Though he was insinuatedthatArafatwasdo- the next day, Ali's ing a disservice to his people, ping is another the European Union still re- the continuing gards Arafat as the legitimate the territories.