Mass rallies signal Fatah-Hamas rapprochement, not a new intifada
On the ground, there has been an increase in unrest among the Palestinian population, encouraged by Hamas, while the authorities turn a blind eye. Yet there has been no deterioration into mass incidents, and no loss of control.
Despite all the recent headlines in the Israeli media predicting a third intifada, it seems that the events of the last weekend actually bear witness to a rapprochement between Fatah and Hamas. Only later is there likely to be an escalation that could lead to a mass uprising.