This time, the Gaza arena turned the al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem into a new focal point, thereby igniting nationwide riots by Israeli Arabs.
If we may attach an Israeli name to the 2021 intifada, nothing is more suitable than “Springtime of Youth 2.” It began in the summer of 2021; its leaders on the ground are violent teenagers, both Jewish and Arab; and it blends in well with the overall violent atmosphere in the Middle East, known as the “Arab Spring.”
Hamas’s insistence on including the issue of Jerusalem in any ceasefire deal with Israel is the main reason why efforts to end the fighting have thus far been unsuccessful.
When Hamas escalated a crisis in Jerusalem rooted in forced evictions and an Israeli raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque into a war of missiles, it tapped into Palestinian feelings of helplessness and frustration – and seized a political lifeline.
What’s happening in Israel and Gaza is the near-inevitable result of a grim status quo. Dozens have already died in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, and more will perish if the fighting continues to escalate.
Western powers have come under pressure to act or speak out beyond bland statements calling for de-escalation and restraint by all sides in the conflict.