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Since reelection in 2009, Netanyahu has sought to keep the status quo. The latest burst of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank marks its end
The last few weeks have seen a discussion in Israel whether the recent deadly events are the beginning of a new Intifada or just a periodic burst of violence. The killing of two settlers near Nablus on Thursday and of two Israelis in the old city of Jerusalem on Saturday, combined with wide-scale clashes all over the West Bank and Jerusalem have put an end to this discussion. Israelis and Palestinians are entering a new phase in their conflict, whether we name it an Intifada or not.