Oct. 30, 2015
The Hidden Hand Behind the Palestinian Terror Wave – Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi
The wave of Palestinian terror against Israel is winning open support from all the Palestinian institutions including the PLO, the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, and the Hamas authorities who control Gaza. The green light was given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 30, in which he lauded Palestinian terror and threatened political chaos – that is, a descent into an all-out intifada-type conflict.
By unleashing Palestinian terror, Abbas hopes to bring about greater international intervention in the conflict, meant to pressure Israel to withdraw from the West Bank without negotiations. The Palestinian struggle against Israel will then continue from the new borders under improved circumstances. The writer is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center. (Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Terror Wave Will Subside When Palestinian Leadership Stops Incitement – Boaz Ganor
Israel is in the throes of a nationalist and religion-driven wave of terror fueled by incitement falsely accusing it of desecrating the al-Aqsa Mosque. This kind of propaganda had been disseminated for years, but these inflammatory messages received a tailwind when senior Palestinian Authority officials joined the chorus, urging Israel not to “contaminate” the Temple Mount. This mainstream voice was the catalyst that drove inflamed young people to randomly wound and kill Israelis.
The current wave of terror will only subside after the incitement abates and the messages from the Palestinian leadership to the Palestinian public change. Prof. Boaz Ganor is founder and executive director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. (Jerusalem Post)
The Latest Intifada: A Sense that Palestinian Opposition to Israel Has Failed – Haviv Rettig Gur
The latest wave of Palestinian terrorism has broad support neither among the people nor among the elites. One of the most remarkable facts about the stabbings and protests that dominate the headlines is how few Palestinians are actually participating in them: a few hundred, and, at moments of dramatic mobilization, perhaps a few thousand. The simple arithmetic is undeniable: the Palestinian people are not lashing out at the Israelis. They are staying home.
The attackers of Israelis, who are often dying almost instantly in the attempt, are battling, too, the growing Palestinian realization that their national movement has no answers, no narrative or political vision that offers a way forward to better days. Few Palestinians now expect or even seriously fantasize that any sort of victory might flow from these new suicides.
Israelis who ultimately brushed off the suicide bombings of the Second Intifada by continuing with their daily lives will not be cowed by stabbings in the street. The quick deaths the attackers meet time and again only bring the collapse of Palestinian solutions and self-respect – and Israeli unflappability – into sharper relief. If the Jews can’t be made to leave, then what is the value of Palestinian sacrifices made on the altar of this misbegotten strategy? (Times of Israel)