If Israel wants to damp-down a 3rd intifada... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 05.04.10 | 22:44 (IDT)

    it's sure going about it in a strange way. It's raiding Pal cities almost nightly in Area A, where it has no security rights or right of access. It's beating up, injuring and arresting demonstrators at Bi'lin and in E J'sem. It's just killed another 4 Palestinians, which the IDF admits could have been avoided. It's bombing Gaza and sending provocative patrols over the border,leading to the death of an IDF officer and senior sergeant. It's shepherding coachloads of extremists to Joseph's Tomb. And it's announcing more settlements every week. In fact, if it wanted to provoke the next intifada, that would be the right way to go about it - continual provocations, a few killings, a bit of heavy-handed police-state muscle, some racial-religious incitement... Israel never does anything without a purpose but is a lousy, transparent chess-player, too much of a show-off and boaster. I think the author is right: we are watching Israel's clumsy Plan Provoke being rolled out.

    from the article: A third intifada would work wonders for Israel's battered image
    First published 01:32 04.04.10 | Last updated 08:49 04.04.10
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