October 11, 2006 | NY Daily News

Palestinians Invite Disaster, Yet Again

Here's one of the Mideast's few sure things: When there's a bad decision to make, Palestinian leadership will make it.

Consider the region's latest intelligence buzz. Anyone with even an iota of sense would take one look at the loss of Lebanese life and property caused by Hezbollah's war on Israel and steer clear of provoking Israel's army again. Instead, Hamas is reportedly studying the Lebanese war to figure out ways to adopt Hezbollah's fighting tactics. The results are bound to be a new nightmare not just for Israel, but for the Palestinian people themselves.

What's more, these Hezbollah-style weapons and guerrilla cells will apparently also be used against Hamas rival Fatah in the mini-Palestinian civil war that's now underway.

If I could, I would grab hold of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's well-tailored lapels, shake him and shout: “Idiot! Don't you understand what you're doing to your own people?”

And the problem runs deeper than the leadership. Where is the silent Palestinian majority? It is up to them to come forward and demand their representatives stop wasting money on arms and bombs, stop denying Israel's existence – in short, stop hating and start building.