The Third (ß-Cyber) Intifada and 50 years of symbolic inaction.

Is a Third ß-Cyber Intifada upon us?

For more than a year, there’s been sustained debate about whether the ongoing tensions and fits of violence in Israel, the West Bank, and in particular, Jerusalem, would fully culminate in a third Palestinian uprising.

In recent months, amid failed peace talks, continued fallout from the latest war in Gaza, politically motivated riots and car attacks, deadly rock-throwing and deadly responses to rock-throwing, stabbings, fatal arson and shootings, clashes at holy sites, the expansion of settlements and price-tag attacks, the rhetorical canceling of both previous peace deals and the future peace process, the answer seems to be increasingly be this: a Third Intifada is here and it doesn’t resemble the previous two.

On Wednesday, just days after the 15th anniversary of the Second Intifada, the implicit seemed to become explicit. Across Israel, the West Bank, and in particular, Jerusalem, violence swelled with riots, car attacks, stone-throwing, stabbings, and arrests. “A Wave of Terror” is how The Jerusalem Post characterized the day’s violence on its live-blog.

Besides that, however, I found this from The Atlantic’s story quite amusing, for no apparent reason other than I am easily amused:

“Owing to the violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a trip to Germany where he was set to celebrate 50 years of Israeli-German relations.”

The first thing I thought of when reading this sentence?

Putting lipstick on a pig.