As always, the terrorists hugely underestimate the will of Israel to survive. But as Dennis Ross, Clinton's longtime Middle East negotiator, told The New York Times: "The hole may become so deep, the atmosphere so sour, the mistrust so profound, that the task of stabilization later on may be impossible."
It will not be easy for Arafat to stop the terrorists, if that is now his actual intent. There are Palestinian mothers who celebrate the deaths of their sonssuicide bombersin the fervent belief they will ascend to paradise because their cause is so just. And after the carnage in Tel Aviv, Palestinians danced in the streets in Ramallah.