Analysis With Recent Escalation in West Bank, Israelis and Palestinians Edge Closer to Boiling Point

As U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Israel draws nearer, and with increased unrest over Palestinian hunger striking prisoners, the delicate balance and relative quiet could be in danger.

The weekend’s events in the West Bank have brought Israel and the Palestinians closer to the boiling point than they have been in many years. The escalation of violence in the weekly demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israel does not bode well.