Leaving aside the fact that the current Palestinians are spiritually indistinguishable from their predecessors, Jeffrey Goldberg makes the typical error of the well meaning liberal. Liberals see the best in people at all times, even when the best does not appear obvious to any other observers. For Jeffrey Goldberg and other liberals, it is an article of faith that Palestinian moderates exist. I have a great deal of sympathy with this position, which I held for many years. Tragically, this has proved to be an unwarranted assumption, for several reasons.
"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."