Excerpt:"In early July, a poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media Communications Center found that 77% of Palestinians supported the Hamas kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the provocation that had recently led to a new Israeli offensive in Gaza. 'Significantly,' the Jerusalem Post noted, 'this high support for the abduction comes in spite of the fact that the majority of respondents…expect the crisis to end with losses incurred by the Palestinian side…. The poll also found that support for Hamas has increased despite international sanctions and the growing violence.'
"Such decisions are driven, not by any hidden ulterior motive or long-term strategic calculation, but by a simple moral imperative: the morality of self-sacrifice….
"As with the Cold War examples of East Berlin and West Berlin, the Palestinian territories and Israel offer side-by-side laboratories for opposing moralities.
"As in the Cold War, this side-by-side contrast is merely a microcosm for the contrast between two larger civilizations and their central powers: America on the one side, and Iran on the other…."