Is The Mideast Mortally Wounded?

Why peace prospects are bleak

For the motorists trapped in traffic at an Israeli checkpoint on the road from Ramallah, in the West Bank, to Jerusalem, it was a bizarre and frightening scene. On one side of the street, Palestinian youths, springing up from behind signs on the roofs of buildings, hurled stones at Israeli military positions below. Most of the missiles fell short, striking cars or the asphalt. But that didn't stop Israeli soldiers, crouching behind Jeeps, from firing back with booming rifles as drivers frantically maneuvered for safety

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