Whatever the intentions of their leadership, Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank will not indefinitely extend to Israel a period of calm while no corresponding reduction of the occupation takes place.
Nathan Thrall, The New York Times, Oct. 18, 2015

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.

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Israel’s occupation policy has undermined the state’s political and ethical foundations, while turning Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu into a hostage of forces even more extreme than he is.Dominique Moisi, Project Syndicate, Oct. 20, 2015

Underlying the situation is Palestinians’ growing and profound sense of suffocation and loss of hope. It has become clear to both the Palestinian people and its leadership that any prospect for an effective peace process that can deliver tangible results for the Palestinians has all but closed.Mahmoud Jaraba, Lihi Ben Shitrit, Carnegie, Oct. 16, 2015

The Palestinians have been wreaking havoc for decades. … But do they roundly receive ‘credit’ or condemnation for their acts of terrorism? Certainly not! On the contrary, they generate only sympathy and mass rallies in their support, along with gobs of money thrown at them from every direction.Stewart Weiss, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 22, 2015
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