A region on edge: Why this is a dangerous moment for Israel and West Bank | World News

Make no mistake, this is a very dangerous time for Israel and the West Bank.

Attack outside a synagogue east of Jerusalem, killing seven civilians and injuring many more, comes after weeks of increased violence in the West Bank, in which 30 Palestinians have been killed.

Israeli authorities said just hours after the synagogue shooting two people injured in an attack in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem.

And we’re still less than a month away from 2023.

Security and rescue personnel work at the scene of a suspected gun attack, just outside Jerusalem's Old City on January 28, 2023, a police spokesman said.
Two people were injured in an attack in Jerusalem on Saturday

Add to this the deep rift in Israeli society, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to protest the policies of the country’s newly formed right-wing government, and it feels like they We are at the tipping point.

The prospect of another mass uprising, the Third Intifada, has been threatened many times over the years, but it seems we’re at an inflection point right now.

Political conflict and violence have put the region in a difficult position.

Anger and hatred have continually boiled over on the West Coast.

Palestinians complain about the expansion of Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories, the lack of basic services such as waste disposal, water supply and the lack of hope, especially for with the younger generation.

Map of Neve Yaakov, where the shooting took place
The synagogue shooting took place in Neve Yaakov

The prospect of peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis is not dim, but completely gone.

Thirty years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, a blueprint was supposed to build a two-state solution, and the situation is said to be worse than ever.

Israel has a new government, only a few weeks old, led by veteran Benjamin Netanyahu but has many far-right, nationalist politicians in its cabinet.

This will pose a dilemma for Mr. Netanyahu, who will be under international pressure to calm the situation, while also addressing voices in his cabinet who will want a response. tough response to Palestinian violence.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel has a new government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Although the situation in Gaza remains largely peaceful, with the exception of a brief missile exchange earlier in the week, Hamas is encouraging Palestinian resistance in the West Bank.

These situations can dissipate quickly when they flare up, but this time it’s as intense as I know it to be.

No one is sure what the coming weeks will bring.


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