One of the most popular figures of the current Palestinian uprising, Barghouti is a senior Fatah leader in the West Bank. Schooled in Hebrew during his time in Israeli jails, Barghouti was a field Fatah leader during the first intifada of 1987, when he was deported by Israel. Barghouti, 42, has struck a chord with ordinary Palestinians. The son of a West Bank farmer, he has appeared frequently at demonstrations, funerals and in the Arab press. Israel has asked that the Palestinian Authority extradite Barghouti for questioning in connection with a number of West Bank shootings. Barghouti has denied accusations that he participates in military operations.
nr. 2: popular in peace-minded Israel and the US:
Also known as Abu Mazen, Abbas was the PLO man who signed the 1993 peace accord with Israel. He was an architect of the deal and his long contacts with Israeli leftists won him a reputation as a PLO dove. He commands respect among Palestinian officials, in United States, Israel and the Arab world as the brains behind the PLO. But he lacks Arafat's charisma and has little credibility among ordinary Palestinians. Some consider him too conciliatory toward Israel. Abbas, 66, was forced to flee to Syria with his family when Israel was created in 1948. He joined Arafat's Fatah faction in 1965. A member since 1980 of the PLO's Executive Committee, its top body, he was elected the Committee's secretary general in 1996, informally confirming his position as Arafat's deputy. "
The head of the Preventive Security Service in the West Bank, Rajoub leads one of the most powerful of the Palestinian Authority's various security agencies and has several thousand officers under his command. Rajoub, 48, earned his credentials on the Palestinian street after spending years in Israeli jails, where he also learned to speak Hebrew. He was later deported to Lebanon and then followed the PLO leadership into exile in Tunisia. From Tunis, he helped coordinate the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israeli occupation, beginning in 1987. Rajoub has been a negotiator on security issues with the Israelis under U.S. mediation. Known for his gravelly voice and dour expression, he has been frequently interviewed by Israeli media since the start of the latest Palestinian uprising."
It is clear that none of those most moderate palestinian leaders will agree with peace and security for Israel without an end to occupation and a good solution for the refugee-question. The sooner the Israeli establishment learns this, the better.
With bombing the PA (and punishing the moderate palestinians who want a just deal with Israel) you will earn nothing but more anger, more support for the terrorists and more violence, it is boring to repeat this message again and again, but some people in Israel and the US are still blind for reality. They will have to learn the hard way.
However people from the right-wing in Israel and Jewish America, to which most of you belong, claim to have other solutions to end this conflict, solutions that don't need any compromise with the palestinians but can provide peace. i would really like to know WHAT this solutions look like. Genocide of all Palestinians (seems the most effective but most dangerous for israel), eviction of all Palestinians, "separation" (does this mean putting all palestinians in big camps, does it mean dismantling the jewish settlements or how do you see this?) ???