Haaretz's Chemi Shalev discussed the rising tensions surrounding Jerusalem and the West Bank with American T.V. talks show host and journalist Charlie Rose on Thursday, explaining that, among other reasons, the trigger for the spike in violence were unnecessary Israeli provocations and Palestinian wild exagerations surrounding the Temple Mount.
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Shalev said that though many have mentioned the lack of a diplomatic process as a driving force behind the Palestinian attacks, he doesn't believe that "these children, these teenagers who carry out these attacks care if there's a peace process or not, but I do think many of them feel a sense of frustration. Many of them, even those living in Jerusalem, are living in poverty, they feel stuck, and this all sort of broken out at once," Shalev said.
Khaled Elgindy, a fellow at Brooking's Institue and former adviser to Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, who was also interviewed, said the violence in Jerusalem is motivated at least in part by the history of neglect of the city's Palestinians, who are cut off from both Israeli and Palestinian societies.
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