Israel is experiencing a sharp increase in terrorist activity in the form of rock-throwing, Molotov cocktails and live ammunition aimed at Israeli vehicles, which began to be noticeable several months ago and has escalated rapidly over the last few weeks. It is happening in Judea and Samaria, but the focus of the violence is in Jerusalem, where any incident involving the Temple Mount – el Aksa in Arabic – draws regional and even world attention.
Are we witnessing an organized set of terror attacks or an ongoing continuum of spontaneous events? Is this the harbinger of a third Intifada? And if not, what is it? The jury seems to be out on the question.