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The Palestinian Violence is Not Spontaneous

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Palestinians demonstrate in the 20th anniversary of the Massacre of Hebron

Israeli Army & Border Police troops banning by force Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada' St. during the demonstration of the 20th anniversary of closing Al-Shuhada' (Martyr's) St. in the old city of Hebron. Where it's been closed since 1994 after the Massacre of Hebron where 29 Palestinian where killed by an Israeli man. Photo: Mustafa Bader.


There were widespread “predictions” that President Trump’s decision on Jerusalem would “lead to violence.” I use the quotation marks because many of those “predictions” were actually threats. When someone in a position to stop violence “predicts” violence, he is threatening or promising that violence will occur.

Today there has been violence in the West Bank and in Jerusalem. Is it a spontaneous protest by Palestinians, or has it been fomented by the Palestinian Authority? After all, once a leader has “predicted” violence, he has a good reason to ensure that it occurs. He wants to seem prescient, not out of touch.

Here is what Avi Issacharoff, a journalist in The Times of Israel, wrote about what happened today in an article entitled “Abbas must decide how far to let the demonstrations go”

Full story: cfr.org

By Elliott Abrams
CFR


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