The headline is: Corrupt? Misguided? West Bank militants face heat
Rachmones. Get out your hankies.
"To be honest, I feel frustrated with the resistance," says Ismail Hashash, the owner of a driving school in Balata, using the general term Palestinians use for those who battle Israel."They don't respect the goal, which is fighting the occupation. They've been corrupted. Instead of just fighting Israel, they are involved in disputes and crime, or they just like to show off their weapons."
The very fact that the 32-year-old, who says he knows many militants as acquaintances, is willing to criticise them openly shows how the groups have fallen in his esteem.
He says the movements have lost their way, and are now filled with unemployed young men looking for direction.
Where did these young, wholesome, misguided young people go wrong?
Many explanations are given for the decline -- from the view that the long "resistance" has run out of steam to the fact that Israel has infiltrated it, turning fighters into collaborators.Something rotten?
Palestinian analysts say the number of those who use the term militant as a cover for a gang-like lifestyle of theft and non-political violence now exceeds those who might truly be regarded as fighters -- a clear sign of decline.
Palestinians might easily be able to differentiate between the two groups, but the trend still reflects something rotten at the heart of a once unified movement.
Like blowing up women and children?
But stealing a car is what signifies a decline in Palestinian morals.