Surely, a more imaginative solution would be to proclaim Hebron, holy to Jews and Arabs, as the capital of the Palestinian state that is bound to emerge from the final-status negotiations, trading one holy city for another.
The Palestinians had a chance, in 1948, to turn East Jerusalem into their capital. Instead, their iron determination not to allow the Jewish people any form of independence in a land saturated with Jewish history led them to flout the will of the UN, and into one disastrous war after another, which has left them with a much diminished territorial base.
Is it too much to hope that history will not repeat itself? Where are the voices among Arafat's advisers to urge realism and restraint? Are the Palestinians determined to remain prisoners of an ideology that has brought them nothing but grief?
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