The Hamas-Fatah fighting has so far wounded about a dozen Palestinian children, but Western media do not show their faces. When the Israelis wound someone, his face is all over the TV screens, bloodied and screaming.

Palestinian society is not political but rather oriented to leaders. Elections won’t settle things there. A strongman must come to power. Abbas is not a proper candidate. He is too old. Israel needs a strongman in Palestine whose ambitions can be realized only at the state level, thus necessitating accommodation with Israel. Unless Israel wants to finance such a leader from scratch and with unpredictable results, the options are three. One, accept Hamas as a legitimate if hostile representative of the Palestinians and talk to Haniyeh. Two, fix the “moderate” Fatah in power by immediately granting the Palestinians statehood. Three, drive the Palestinians to Jordan and end the burdensome rivalries at the Israeli border.

Olmert dishonorably asked Jordan to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel used to defend Jordan against Syria with no more than a threatening move by the IDF. Now Olmert elevates the Jordanian princeling to an international mediator. As if Israel is unable to finish off the Palestinian problem.

The Jordanians are unusually shortsighted in pushing for a Palestinian state. Jordan is two-third Palestinian, and the Palestinians locked in minuscule Palestine would work to subvert Jordan to create a Greater Palestine. Monarchy won’t survive in Jordan, as in other countries, and the two Palestinian states will merge.