The police and the army have positioned roadblocks to check vehicles and their passengers on some of the streets near downtown West Jerusalem, and the ensuing traffic jams somewhat resemble those seen on television at the entrances to Ramallah and Hebron.
The Palestinian spokesmen say they have another reason to be encouraged by the blow they received from the United States - and that is a certain change in the indifference of their Arab brethren.
The current deterioration is causing many Palestinians to revert to the language of the 1960s, such as "the Zionist entity," instead of the Israeli government.
Bush's increasingly tough stance towards the PA and Arafat has many Palestinians worried. Accusations abound amongst the Palestinians that the Administration has bought into Israeli propaganda over the Karine A smuggling affair.
As in the past, Israel's assassinations today generate far more damage than the benefits they are supposed to bring. No one probably likes to hear such words, but it can be said explicitly this time that Karmi's assassination has already and directly cost the lives of ten Israelis.
Israel's military responses on Friday to the recent Palestinians attacks did not greatly affect the daily routine in the Palestinian controlled areas.
"There was no sound of a microphone or of a loudspeaker, we did not hear shooting or the voices of soldiers. There was just a big rain and strong wind," recalls Omar Halil Abu Swaysh, speaking the night between Wednesday and Thursday last week.
Despite yesterday's forceful pronouncements by Fatah and PA leaders that they are committed to observing the cease-fire, last night's terror attacks indicate that the circle of violence has returned to its former existence: Israel will carry out acts of reprisal, the Palestinians will react, and so on and so forth.