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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 04:42 PM

Israel Concerned New Palestinian Uprising Could Erupt

JERUSALEM | Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:50am GMT

(Reuters) - Israel's homeland security minister voiced concern on Monday that a surge of violent Palestinian protests in the occupied West Bank could erupt into a new Intifada (uprising) if confrontations turned deadly.

A Palestinian's death in an Israeli jail on Saturday and a hunger strike by four other prisoners have raised tension in the West Bank, where stone-throwers have clashed repeatedly with Israeli soldiers in recent days.

"The previous two Intifadas ... came about as a result of a high number of dead (during protests)," minister Avi Dichter told Israel Radio. "Fatalities are almost a proven recipe for a sharper escalation."

Israeli soldiers turned out in force on Monday for the funeral of Arafat Jaradat, 30, who was arrested just one week ago for throwing stones at Israeli cars in the West Bank.

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/uk-palestinians-israel-idUKBRE91O0CD20130225

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Purveyor Feb 2013 OP
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #1
Purveyor Feb 2013 #2
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #3
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #4
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #5
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #6

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 04:45 PM

1. Israel seems to have no concept of the realtionship between

sowing and reaping.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 04:48 PM

2. I knew 'something' would get stirred up before the Presidents visit besides it's 'that time of

year'...

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:18 PM

3. Well, Netanyahu is clearly trying to provoke one.

That's the only conclusion you can logically draw from all those years of the iron fist. You treat people like that, at some point they'll revolt. Anyone would. Against anyone who was doing that to them.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:01 PM

4. Title is all wrong Purveyor.

*Israel Hoping New Palestinian Uprising Will Erupt ASAP.



Last call before next intifada

The Palestinian issue must now be Israelís first order of business, if it doesnít want to deal with another intifada.

Haaretz Editorial | Feb.25, 2013 | 3:42 AM

The writing was on the wall for quite some time. The recent riots and demonstrations that broke out over the last few days in the occupied territories should not have surprised anyone. After years of political stalemate, an election campaign that largely ignored the occupation, and statements by Israeli political figures that proved their dangerous complacency about putting the ďsituationĒ at the bottom of their list of priorities − the Palestinians were left in their despair and suffering without any political horizon.

Several developments have only deepened the despair: Israelís intention to build in Area E1; its repeat arrests of 14 prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit deal; the armyís killing of nonviolent protesters and the harsh means through which it is trying to prevent demonstrations; the security forcesí failure to do anything to thwart harassment of Palestinians by settlers, who have become emboldened recently; and Hamasí relative success in Operation Pillar of Defense at forcing Israelís hand through rocket fire.

Given this situation, another violent outbreak by Palestinians in the West Bank is just a matter of time and opportunity. The extended hunger strike by several prisoners and the death of another security prisoner are liable to be the match that lights the fire.

According to accepted views, there is no leadership, intention or energy to stir up another intifada in the territories, but it could break out by itself in the wake of events that spin out of control. Therefore, the Israel Defense Forces need to hold their fire as much as possible and tighten enforcement against violent settlers who continue shooting at Palestinians, destroying their property and provoking them.

Israel must immediately stop the repeat arrests of released prisoners from the Shalit deal who did not return to terror, and ease prison conditions for security convicts.

None of this is enough, of course. If the next government wonít put the Palestinian issue at the top of its agenda, the demonstrations wonít be suppressed. The Palestinians have already proved that itís impossible to escape the debate over their fate, even if Israel tries to keep busy with other matters, which are secondary in importance.

The Palestinian issue must now be Israelís first order of business, if it doesnít want to deal with another intifada.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/last-call-before-next-intifada-1.505580


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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:03 AM

5. I would hope that the don't take Israel's bait this time around.


Channel that anger and put it towards building a nation and taking their grievances to the ICCt.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 10:18 AM

6. Both sides need to show restraint.


It serves no purpose for the Palestinians to fire rockets, and the Israelis need to answer for shooting kids in the back, ambush-style, and for the mysterious death of a Palestinian Prisoner.

I don't hold out much hope or either group.

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