Does rising terrorist violence on Israel's roads mean we're getting closer to peace?
|Aftermath of this morning's firebomb attack on vehicle being|
driven by human beings near Israeli community of Tekoa [Image Source]
|Aftermath of same attack, this morning [Image Source]|
The latest violence has coincided with efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry who is visiting the region, to push forward peace talks and avoid what he said could be a "third Intifada," or Palestinian uprising against Israel. Ten Palestinians have been shot dead in the West Bank by Israeli security forces and three Israelis have been killed since Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking resumed in July following a three-year freeze.Smarter and more politically-minded observers than we may want to draw a line connecting the rise in lethal Palestinian Arab violence with Kerry's well-publicized statements: we certainly would not presume to do so. Here's an example (from "Frustrated Kerry’s peace critique a heavy slap in Netanyahu’s face" in the Times of Israel) of the Secretary of State's contribution in the past 24 hours:
“The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos. I mean, does Israel want a Third Intifada?...I know there are people who have grown used to this [referring to the current lack of progress] And particularly in Israel. Israel says, ‘Oh, we feel safe today. We have the wall, we’re not in a day-to-day conflict, we’re doing pretty well economically.’ Well, I’ve got news for you [apparently addressing the Israeli public]. Today’s status quo will not be tomorrow’s or next year’s. Because if we don’t resolve this issue, the Arab world, the Palestinians, neighbors, others, are going to begin again to push in a different way.”There are probably those who see his words of wisdom as constituting a push towards more peace. We're not so sure.