Palestinian children on the West Bank have been demonstrating today for "peace," that is to say, peace between rival gangs Fatah and Hamas. Their signs, helpfully, are in English:
It's a little late in the day for Palestinians to decide they're opposed to killing. They've been desperately trying to sow the wind of mass murder for a couple of generations now, and if they're finally getting concerned about reaping the whirlwind, they'll have to look somewhere else for sympathy.
Posted by John at 01:50 PM [no link; you can find it if you want to]
No one would ever be so foolish as to look for sympathy from John Hinderaker. That would be like looking for Johnny Rocketseed at a union rally or a DFL picnic. Pretty absurd, eh?
Johnny is simply spouting the eliminationist rhetoric has taken hold among "supporters" of Israel, especially since 1967. Spot wrote about it before in The war that ended Judiasm.
There is also some pretty strong evidence that civil war among the Palestinians was something the US and Israel wanted:
[H]ere's David Welch, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and US Envoy to the Middle East, speaking in private several weeks before Rice. This appears on p.21 of the leaked report (pdf) by Alvaro de Soto, former UN coordinator for the Middle East:
...the US clearly pushed for a confrontation between Fateh and Hamas -- so much so that, a week before Mecca, the US envoy declared twice in an envoys meeting in Washington how much "I like this violence", referring to the near-civil war that was erupting in Gaza in which civilians were being regularly killed and injured, because "it means that other Palestinians are resisting Hamas".
Israel cannot just annex the Palestinian Territories; it would have to make the Palestinians citizens, which would be the end of the Jewish state. Israeli hard-liners--and the Orthodox rabbis--believe that all of Palestine belongs to the Jews, so in order to get it, they'll have to bring about the elimination of the Palestinian people, one way or the other.