We republish here these two articles by Yacov Ben Efrat, from the Challenge
Magazine which give a very interesting analysis of the current uprising
in the Occupied Territories and amongst the Arabs in Israel.
While the number of Palestinians killed in the present Intifada reaches
nearly 300, Arafat is attempting to change the aims of the struggle. He
is hoping for some form of compromise with the Israeli government that
will allow him to bring the Intifada to an end. But the conditions on
the ground do not allow for a quick solution. Now Arafat is placing his
hopes in the United Nations. Decades of experience show that this is
not a solution. The Palestinian masses can only have confidence in
their own ability to struggle, together with the support of the workers
of the whole of the Middle East.