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The Antithesis of an Intifada

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Every day, Israel provides the Palestinians with dozens of good reasons to mount an intifada, a popular uprising. Yet it does not erupt. Shooting a number of yeshiva students at a hitchhiking post at the West Bank intersection Za’atara is the opposite of an intifada. That applies to any armed action by individuals, even if they were operating as part of some Palestinian organization.

The attack amounts to an admission that at this time, there is no chance of a mass uprising; an admission that there is no will or preparedness for mass uprising; no clear idea has been formed of how to develop a mass uprising, under conditions vastly different than what prevailed before the 1987 intifada. The shooting shows that right now, there is nobody capable of uniting an entire public which Israel has managed to divide and hem in, and whose unelected leadership ignores even its right to express its opinion at the polls.

Profoundly justified reasons for a broad uprising keep piling up, keep being reported – sometimes accurately, sometimes with some distortion........

© Haaretz

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