Once again, Palestinians are behaving irrationally.
Once again, no one knows what to make of it.
And once again, once you apply the honor/shame construct, it all makes perfect sense.
…Once we have entered the honor./shame universe, actual facts or logic are meaningless – all that matters are symbols… Abbas cannot act in a way that diminishes his honor… He must use all the weapons in his arsenal to “win”. Because the other aspect of honor/shame societies is the zero-sum game, and if Israel gets anything out of this episode that it didn’t have before- like normal security that any society would demand – Abbas thinks he loses… if he loses, he is finished – his shame will end him as a leader.
As often happens, the logical West is confronted with the irrational Middle East. Usually the West blinks before dealing with these seemingly crazy people who would happily start a war over metal detectors.
There’s a very interesting link at the end of the piece.