mid daily news reports of stabbings here, and shootings there, the city of Jerusalem sits eerily solemn. Eerie, because these recent weeks appear to be all-too-similar to those preceding the brutal uprisings of the 1990s and the 2000s, commonly known as the First and the Second Intifada. The pervasive blockades, checkpoints, and nightly police raids all add to this air. The defining spark, in this latest explosion of tensions, was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt to restrict Palestinian access to the Al Aqsa Mosque. In turn, the response has been made clear: until Israel backs down on its ever-intensifying occupation, the violence will not stop. While Israeli leadership stands as an imposing stone-wall, even despite US attempts to ease the tension, the Jewish public may actually be much more reasonable. In a poll taken in the last couple of weeks, around two-thirds of Israelis interviewed support territorial concessions and a two-state solution. Unfortunately, however, it seems that the longer this conflict draws on, support for violence grows as well, and on both sides of the table. We must nip this latest escalation in the bud before it goes too far. Additionally, more must be done, because simply returning to the status quo of recent decades means we are still on a slope made slippery by the bloodshed of both sides. Palestinians have been taught to believe that the only way to encourage occupational concessions is by making them costly, and true or not, this belief is detrimental to the possibility of a peaceful resolution.
Is This the Third Intifada? || The Guardian