For a pressure-cooker nation like Israel, violence is just a matter of time
Israel is filled with impoverished time-bombs, like Be'er Sheva gunman Itamar Alon, quietly ticking away until the pressure becomes too much.
At first, people thought a bomb had gone off. Then as news broke of a shooting spree in a Hapoalim Bank branch in Be'er Sheva, the immediate assumption was terrorism. As more details surfaced, it seemed to be a bank robbery gone terribly wrong.